Use of force preferences and perceived effectiveness of actions among Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) police officers and non-CIT officers in an escalating psychiatric crisis involving a subject with schizophrenia.
Community emergency psychiatric service in Israel: a one-year experience.
BACKGROUND: In 2005 the Forensic Psychiatry Department of Mental Health Services at the Ministry of Health launched a pilot project: the Community Emergency Psychiatric Service (CEPS). The purpose was to offer community-based emergency response to acute psychiatric conditions during after-hours periods, including Saturdays and holidays. The project was implemented in the Tel Aviv, Central and Southern districts. METHOD: Advertisements were posted in mass circulating newspapers announcing the launching of the new program for the general public in the participating districts. The public was invited to call the hotline of the medical emergency service, Magen David Adom (MDA), in the event of psychiatric distress or emergency. MDA personnel were instructed to give the callers a telephone number of an on-call psychiatrist. The Ministry of Health engaged a pool of seven licensed psychiatrists to be available on-call one per shift. The psychiatrists offered crisis intervention over the phone or house visits when necessary. RESULTS: Data were obtained from the Tel Aviv, Central and Southern Districts. The results show that there were 1,472 calls between May 2005 and June 2006. In 198 cases (13.5%) clients were referred for treatment and follow-up to local outpatient clinics, while in 116 of the cases (7.8%) a home visit by the on-call psychiatrist was carried out, resulting in 50 voluntary and 16 involuntary hospitalizations. An examination of records of calls received by the on-call psychiatrists (N=97) during August 2006 suggests that most callers fit the following profile: female, ranging in age 19-35, unmarried, with diagnosis of schizophrenia, with no previous psychiatric hospitalizations, and presenting no danger to herself or others. CONCLUSIONS: A limited response team, comprised of one on-call psychiatrist per shift, can provide a viable service for psychiatric emergencies in a population center of approximately 2.7 million. The findings also suggest that such a service may increase the number of referrals to outpatient clinics in the community as well as the number of voluntary and involuntary hospitalizations after working hours. The potential contribution of such a project to improving accessibility to outpatient psychiatric care and to reinforcing continuity of care among in- and out-patient facilities needs further investigation as is the important question of cost-effectiveness. (+info)
Mental health and emergency medicine: a research agenda.