November 22, 2013
Richmond, Va. (Nov. 22, 2013) — HCA Virginia’s Tucker Pavilion at Chippenham Hospital recently received the Service Partnership Award from Chesterfield County.
The award recognizes Tucker Pavilion for its outstanding services provided to individuals who are in a crisis due to a mental illness, substance abuse problem and/or intellectual disability.
“This award exemplifies the dedication and hard work of a remarkable team,” said Betsy Blair, chief operating officer of Chippenham Hospital’s Tucker Pavilion. “We take great pride in our partnership with Chesterfield County and look forward to what we can accomplish together in the future.”
HCA Virginia partnered with Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services and Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) last spring in order to improve access to services for citizens in crisis, specifically those in police emergency custody. A $280,000 grant was awarded to develop a cross-jurisdictional Crisis Triage Center (CTC).
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.
As a result of the efforts at Tucker Pavilion, the program has already made a number of significant improvements to the mental health crisis system.
Some examples include significantly improved access; integrated behavioral and medical care of the person in crisis, with all necessary services available in one location; and significant time-savings for local law enforcement who transfer custody to a police officer at the CTC who has been trained to deal with citizens experiencing a mental health emergency.
“I am pleased that the long standing partnership between Chesterfield County, Richmond City and HCA Virginia’s Chippenham Hospital has resulted in the opening of a Crisis Triage Center in our community,” said Debbie Burcham, executive director, Chesterfield Community Services Board.
At a time when individuals are most vulnerable because of a psychiatric crisis, it is important that the community respond in a compassionate and effective way. Services provided through the Crisis Triage Center gives us an opportunity to do just that—a system of coordinated and effective services to meet the needs of the citizen when they need it the most.”
The award was presented Thursday evening during a ceremony at Meadowbrook Country Club where Blair was recognized along with Rich Shelton, director of Business Development for HCA Virginia and Kim Wilson, director of Tucker Intake at Tucker Pavilion.
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