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Provides care to children and youth up the age of 19 who present to the emergency department with a mental health and/or addictions concern.
Patients with a mental health and/or addictions concern who also present with an urgent or emergent medical concern will receive care and treatment for their medical concern first and then care is picked up by the mental health team. Mental health and/or addictions concerns and risk are assessed.
Crisis stabilization, psychoeducation, safety planning and disposition plan are completed by this team in collaboration with the ED team. The disposition plan includes next steps which could be admission to the inpatient unit, return to therapist, an appointment with Urgent Care Clinic, or follow up to be arranged by Central Referral.
Youth up to the age of 19 who are in need of mental health and addictions crisis intervention
For emergency mental health and addictions help: Go to the IWK Health Centre emergency department, the emergency department closest to you, or dial 9-1-1
If you are experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis: Call the Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line
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