October 01, 2013
Richmond, Va. (Oct. 1, 2013) - HCA Virginia’s Tucker Pavilionat Chippenham Hospital has opened a new multijurisdictional Crisis Triage Center (CTC) that will combine medical, psychiatric, law enforcement and emergency mental health resources in one convenient and accessible location.
Designed to serve individuals that police officers have brought in on an emergency custody order, the CTC is a partnership between HCA Virginia, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA), and Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services (CMHSS). It is the only program of its kind in central Virginia, serving patients from both localities and including staffing from both jurisdictions, working collaboratively.
The CTC is a therapeutic, secure assessment center that is an essential component of Virginia’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program, where specially-trained police officers respond to calls involving people experiencing a serious mental health issue. The center has received overwhelming support from Colonel Thierry Dupuis, Chesterfield County Chief of Police, and Ray J. Tarasovic, City of Richmond Chief of Police, due to the numerous advantages to their forces.
“Statewide, CIT assessment centers have been successfully redirecting people experiencing mental health crises away from unnecessary incarceration and to much-needed treatment in the health care system,” said Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services Commissioner Jim Stewart. “These services are critical for people having a mental health emergency and it saves law enforcement officers valuable time to attend to other public safety needs.
The CTC at Tucker Pavilion, operated by RBHA and CMHSS and hosted by HCA, will greatly benefit those facing possible criminal charges related to a mental health crisis.”
Some of these benefits include on-site CIT officers with the CTC, who have specialized training in mental health issues; and efficiencies in response time, decreased road officer time, and reduced time spent in the emergency department.
There also will be emergency service clinicians on site for 10 hours a day- from 2 p.m. to midnight. In addition to the voluntary admissions that currently take place via Tucker Intake staff; these CTC clinicians will be able to evaluate the individual's need for acute inpatient psychiatric hospitalization on a temporary detainment order (TDO).
“Tucker Pavilion is in a unique location, straddling two very different jurisdictions with similar needs,” said Martin Buxton, M.D., chief of Psychiatry at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals and medical director of Tucker Pavilion. “This partnership gives us the ability to quickly evaluate individuals in crisis, and we are proud to partner with the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County to offer a program that will address those needs in providing the high quality care our communities deserve.”
The CTC will begin operating today from 2 p.m. to midnight. Officers and mental health clinicians will be present to evaluate and intake patients at the Chippenham Hospital ER and then Tucker Pavilion.
For more than 100 years, HCA Virginia has been providing a full range of acute inpatient behavioral health services for seniors, adults, adolescents and children through the Tucker Pavilion located at Chippenham Hospital.