The right care at the right time

People experiencing a psychiatric emergency can’t always get the help they need, when they need it. Emergency Departments are crowded and inadequate for treating these issues. Too often mental health issues go untreated, which can lead to homelessness, loss of employment, damaged relationships, incarceration and suicide.

It’s time to change that. In an unprecedented collaboration, Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University are creating the Unity Center for Behavioral Health – an innovative patient-centered care environment for adults and adolescents experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis. Patients will receive immediate psychiatric care, may be assessed and treated onsite short term and will be introduced to continuing care options.

Projected to open in early 2017, the Unity Center for Behavioral Health will be located on Legacy Health’s Holladay Park campus following renovations.

Sources:

Silva, Frank, An Analysis of Completed Suicides: April 2011 – June 2013, Portland Police Bureau Behavioral Health Unit Report, Sept 30, 2013. page 1

Oregon Health Authority, State Health Profile: Oregon Public Health Division, Sept 2012, page

SAMHSA, 2014

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Behavioral Health Barometer, Oregon, 2013, HHS Publication No. SMA-13-4796OR, page 5