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Since Maylocal law enforcement agencies have been training in crisis intervention — an approach that teaches participants not only how to recognize when someone is having a mental health crisis, but how to de-escalate the situation.
However, even with that training, officers were still often left with only two options in those situations: take a person to jail or the hospital emergency room. In many cases, neither destination was ideal. The GuideLink Center now provides a third option. The center says that individuals do not have to be a resident of Johnson County to receive its services. Individuals over 18 years old will receive services regardless of their ability to pay, and insurance may be billed if it is available.
While the facility, at Southgate Ave. The first unit to open was crisis stabilization services, which is for individuals who are having a mental health crisis.
Clients receive a psychiatric assessment, therapy and work with a crisis support specialists to ensure their needs are met. As of last week, 84 people have been served in that program, Ferenzi said. The average length of stay has been about 2.
Staff at the GuideLink Center can help individuals in crisis get back on medication, get in touch with a therapist outside of the center or connect with additional resources, such as housing. The idea is to make sure that no clients are falling through service gaps. Ferenzi said a majority of the people served in crisis stabilization likely would have gone to the emergency room.
Less tested is the sobering unit, which had only four referrals as of last week, Ferenzi said. Things like that ebb and flow.
Sometimes they over indulge. Ferenzi said the sobering unit is not deed for someone with a high blood alcohol content or who is unconscious and needs emergency care. A psychiatric nurse will observe the person in a specific area for up to 23 hours. If necessary, that individual could then transition to crisis stabilization for up to five days.
Medically monitored detox will be a unit to help those detoxing from alcohol, opioids or benzodiazepines. Withdrawing from those substances can be dangerous and require assistance from a medical team. Iowa City Police Capt. Denise Brotherton said the GuideLink Center has been a welcome resource, particularly for keeping people out of the emergency room. The police department has had 32 referrals to GuideLink, far more than any other law enforcement agency in the county. For Johnson County Board of Supervisors member Rod Sullivan, the opening of the GuideLink Center is the realization of a decadelong project and a much-needed resource in the community.
Ferenzi is encouraged, as well, but she notes this is only the beginning for what GuideLink can offer those in need. This is just the start. Comments: ; lee.
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More Stories. A triage room where people experiencing mental health crisis or substance abuse crisis are first seen is pictured May 26 at the GuideLink Center, Southgate Ave. A medical treatment room where people experiencing mental health crisis or substance abuse crisis can receive first-aid upon arrival is pictured May 26 at the GuideLink Center, Southgate Ave. A crisis observation room where people experiencing crisis can be supervised is seen May 26 at the GuideLink Center, Southgate Ave.
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