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Psychiatric Emergency and Psychiatric Screening Services

Saint Clare’s Hospital is the Designated Screening Service for Morris County Residents. Psychiatric Emergency and Psychiatric Screening Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These services are designed to meet the needs of those in acute emotional crisis, in which immediate psychiatric intervention is needed. The mode of stabilization will depend on the seriousness of impairment, degree of potential dangerousness, and the availability of appropriate resources. Access to services can be by physician or provider referral, self, family, clergy, school, or law enforcement – among others. A person seeking Psychiatric Emergency and Psychiatric Screening Services will initially be seen in the medical emergency department for a medical screening exam. The purpose of this exam is to rule out a medical/metabolic condition that may cause current symptoms. Upon completion of the medical screening exam, the person will be referred to the Psychiatric Emergency and Psychiatric Screening department for a clinical interview and assessment of current mental status. The clinicians will interview the designated client, collateral resources, and all relevant clinical data will be documented. The staff will subsequently contact the on-call psychiatrist for case discussion and disposition.

If a person is deemed to be a danger to self, others, property, or unable to provide for basic self care in the community, the Mobile Screening component of this service, in conjunction with local law enforcement, can meet the client at their residence and assess whether they meet the criteria for Involuntary Commitment. At all times, every effort will be made to treat the person in a manner which preserves patient rights and human dignity and to be consistent with the Screening Law. If the screener determines that the client meets the criteria, arrangements are made with accompanying law enforcement to transfer the client to the Screening Center or to the nearest emergency room. Evaluation and consultation continues onsite, and all pertinent information is documented in the medical record. Every effort is made to educate and explain each step of the evaluation process to the client and family.

When the Psychiatric Emergency and Psychiatric Screening Services clinician and treatment team completes their evaluation, the outcome and recommendations are then explained to the client and – with the client’s permission – to family or significant others that are present. Potential outcomes may be outpatient services, inpatient services (voluntary/involuntary), partial hospitalization, the children’s crisis intervention unit, the detoxification unit or the alcohol/substance rehabilitation unit. If the client is to be hospitalized, the service makes all necessary arrangements, including insurance notifications and transport arrangements. It is the responsibility of this service to inform the receiving unit of all pertinent facts regarding the client’s need for admission to recommended level of care providers.

For more information on Psychiatric Emergency and Psychiatric Screening Services, please call 973-625-6150. You may also call our 24-hour hotline at 973-625-0280.

Psychiatric Emergency and Psychiatric Screening Services
Saint Clare’s Hospital/Denville
25 Pocono Road
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: 973-625-6150
24-Hour Hotline: 973-625-0280

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