TidalHealth Crisis Center opens in Salisbury, presenting an alternative to the ER for those in mental distress

SALISBURY,Md- A new alternative to the emergency room for those with mental health issues is now up and running in Salisbury.

TidalHealth’s brand new Crisis Center opened its doors Thurdsay afternoon, and will offer on sight care from psychiatrists and medical staff to those in mental health crisis, as well as the ability to refer patients to outside care.

The center will be staffed Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm with extended days and hours to come with 11 million dollars of funding for 5 years approved by the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) Regional Partnership Catalyst Grant program.

Healthcare professionals from TidalHealth say, an emergency room visit can be isolating, long and mentally taxing for people who aren’t in crisis, and this center will act as a calming, more needs based center that will cut down on ER wait times and improve healthcare outcomes for patients.

“Its is a less intimidating homelike environment so patients come in while there is still security its is a wide open room with nurses and staff and it has privacy but it is very inviting,” said Center Manager Stacey Walker. 

She says to her the center will function as a “behavioral health urgent care,” with the ability to triage patients and send them out to other centers if their needs exceed the centers capabilities.

The center is located on East Vine Street, directly across the street from Penninsula Regional Hospital which Walker says is a deliberate choice, to make sure that anyone who does need medical attention is easily able to get it.

 

 

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