A crisis can happen to anyone at any time and can range from involvement in a major community disaster, such as a train wreck, to bereavement, or to the loss of a job. The Crisis Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist Montgomery County residents of all ages as they work through their personal crises.
The center is staffed by a team of professionals including counselors, clinical social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. Both telephone and walk-in services are available. Translation services are available in more than 20 languages.
The psychiatric evaluation at the Crisis Center is a three stage process. First, you will meet with a community mental health counselor who will discuss and assess your immediate needs. Second, you will meet with a therapist for a more thorough clinical evaluation. Finally, if needed, an appointment with a psychiatrist will be scheduled to complete your evaluation.
The Crisis Center has a full-time psychiatrist and 24-hour psychiatric backup, as needed. After a face-to-face interview with one of our therapists, sessions with a psychiatrist are scheduled, if necessary, and may occur on a different day.
Medication can often be helpful for a variety of mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and others. If medication is indicated, our psychiatrist can assist you in making an informed decision.
Assessment of Children and Adolescents
The Crisis Center provides crisis intervention for children and adolescents of all ages, including risk assessment to rule out imminent danger to themselves or others. Schools refer students when their behavior suggests there may be a risk of suicide or homicide. The staff also provide early identification of problems with:
Alcohol and drug use
Grief related to a significant loss
Interpersonal problem solving
Self esteem issues
Unresolved peer/family issues