Westchester Crisis Stabilization Forums Put Ideas into Action

Following the January 2017 release of the Hudson Valley DSRIP Cross-PPS Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Report (link here), MHVC, Westchester County and our partner PPSs are moving to act on recommendations in the report. Westchester County designed separate half-day sessions with featured speakers and breakouts for those providing services for adults and for children, held on February 2 and 3, 2017. The forum was the first time diverse Westchester stakeholders were brought together to think broadly about the crisis system, and will be followed by trainings on crisis protocols that will begin in March. Attendees included a broad spectrum of agencies and service providers; lead sponsors were the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, MHVC, and the Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation (WMC PPS). The objective of both sessions was to create a blueprint for comprehensive, system-wide care that provides better crisis care and also reduces the use of Emergency Departments and avoidable involuntary hospitalizations in Westchester County. Each session developed shared principles for approaching crisis services delivery using the Westchester County preliminary process mapping and PPS work group findings, and explored areas of opportunity to create a continuum of crisis stabilization response.

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