Wednesday, July 24, 2013

County launches enhanced mental health crisis team

The county activated an enhanced resource for people who are dealing with emotional and mental health issues called the Delaware County Crisis Connections Team earlier this month.

The enhanced resource was launched July 1. The county now contracts with Elwyn, a Middletown-based human services organization, in collaboration with Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania, to offer the crisis services free of charge to children and adults in Delaware County.

There are three components to this program, including trained crisis teams being available 24/7 to provide on-site mobile crisis assessment, intervention and/or referral services. Residents who want to take advantage of the Delaware County Crisis Connections Team mobile crisis services can call 855-889-7827.

The second component is called a peer-to-peer warm line and can be reached at 855-464-9342. This helpline is for residents who are not in a crisis but are struggling with emotional and mental health challenges. Residents are connected to certified peer specialists when they call this phone line.

Lastly, this enhanced program includes prevention and education services. These crisis team members plan to partner with community groups, educations, law enforcement and medical professionals to raise awareness of mental health issues.

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