Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services

The Psychiatric Emergency Screening Center provides emergency psychiatric services to people who are no longer able to cope effectively due to experiencing a traumatic event, exacerbation of an existing mental illness or disruption in daily living due to other circumstances influenced by a mental health issue.

This unit assists individuals and their families in identifying stressors, exploring conditions related to their current situation and discovering means for bringing about change and improved functioning. There directive is to assess and recommend treatment in the least restrictive environment that will maintain the patient’s safety. When the clinical presentation includes behaviors that are deemed dangerous to self or others the patient is evaluated for admission. If their judgment is intact they can consent to a voluntary admission. When the person meets the criteria for involuntary admission the protocols detailed in NJAC 10:31 are followed.

Services of the unit include:

  • Psychiatric Assessment
  • Psychiatric Consultation
  • A 24/7/365 Hotline
  • Crisis Intervention for adults and children (under the age of 18)
  • E-CAPS Emergency Children and Adolescents Psychiatric Services
  • Services for Victims of Crime or Psychological Trauma
  • Referral to Mental Health Care Inpatient Unit
  • Mobile Crisis Outreach for adults and children wherever the need presents including but not limited to; community locations, schools, correctional facilities, hospitals, private homes, group homes, outpatient mental health clinics, etc.
  • Initial crisis counseling for problems such as personal, family, interpersonal relationships, sexual dysfunction, child/elder abuse, eating disorders, domestic conflict parent/child problems, etc.

Mobile Crisis Intervention Services

are also available when persons in need of Psychiatric Screening are unable or unwilling to come into the crisis unit. These mobile outreaches are conducted by our New Jersey Certified Screening staff in accordance with State Regulations. The visit outreaches are always conducted with the police from the municipality in which the individual is located. The unit evaluates approximately 250 individuals each month.

The Psychiatric Screening Services for involuntary commitment are also available to our Affiliated Hospitals and East Orange General Hospital’s units.

Hours of Operation and Contact Info:

Psychiatric Screening Services are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for all residents of Essex County, with exception of Newark and Irvington by calling 973-266-4478. Newark and Irvington are contracted separately with other entities through the Department of Human Services. Residents from areas outside of our designated geographic area will receive needed assistance and an appropriate referral to service providers in their area.

Crisis Hotline

Our hotline is staffed 24/7/365 by mental health screeners. They provide verbal de-escalation, assess for dangerousness, conduct onsite evaluations and are deployed as the need arises.