City of Long Beach
Planning Commission Meeting
to Discuss a Proposed Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center
Please come and support the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center.
These services are urgently needed to assist people with mental health disorders and reduce the long waiting times in emergency rooms.
The meeting will be
Thursday at 5 p.m., March 30, 2017
at 333 W. Ocean Blvd. 4th Floor
Long Beach, 90802
Approximately 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in a given year. Even if someone doesn’t experience this themselves, they likely know someone dealing with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder or suicidal tendencies. Sometimes those with a mental health condition experience a crisis and need help right away.
Because of the shortage of psychiatric mobile response teams, police and sheriff departments in Long Beach and surrounding cities have the difficult task of responding to mental health-related calls. The Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC or “Buck”) is a facility that will save law enforcement time in the field, will decrease the burden on hospital emergency rooms, and will help prevent unnecessary incarceration by providing medical treatment instead.
What is a BHUCC?
BHUCC will be a place where people with mental illness can go to be stabilized (instead of going to the hospital ER). It can be compared to an Urgent Care Center (where people often go for a medical emergency instead of going to the hospital ER).
The BHUCC provides:
- Crisis stabilization service
- Up to 12 adults and 6 adolescents (estimate about 30 clients a day)
- Doctors, nurses, therapists, peer counselors
- 24/7 Outpatient Program
- Patients may stay up to 24 hours
- Average stay is 4 to 6 hours
- Round the clock security staff
- Discharged patients leave the area and return to their home and community services
Learn more at http://www.starsinc.com/bhucc