Opening of a mental health crisis center in Radford

Opening of a mental health crisis center in Radford

RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) – According to medical experts, a crowded emergency room is a less than ideal environment for someone with a mental health crisis.

“Emergency rooms are wonderful for people with acute medical needs, but when a person is experiencing a behavioral health crisis, that environment is not conducive,” said Jill Anderson, director of emergency services and short term at the New River Valley Community Services Crisis Center.

This newly created space in the current Community Service Board location in Radford provides a heartwarming environment for treatment: private rooms for expert viewing, comfortable seating, and soothing photos on the walls.

“It’s a less chaotic environment than an emergency department. You don’t have audio monitors or coded calls, and you enjoy greater privacy, ”said Patrick Halpern, CIT coordinator at…

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