Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (Psych ED)
Our Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) consists of the Emergency Unit, extended observation beds, the Mobile Crisis Team and four crisis beds in the community, which are accessed via the Mobile Crisis Team.
The CPEP Emergency Unit is located adjacent to, and is part of, the Medical Emergency Department. The primary purpose of this unit is to provide individuals with a psychiatric evaluation to determine if inpatient hospital intervention is needed, and if so, to facilitate admission to an inpatient psychiatric unit. All individuals seen in the CPEP Emergency Unit are evaluated by a psychiatrist, in addition to psychiatric nursing and clinical social work staff members. Services provided include:
Emergency psychiatric assessment
Admission to inpatient psychiatric unit when appropriate
Referrals to needed services in the community for patients being discharged (may include referrals to the Mobile Crisis Team and/or crisis beds)
Extended observation beds provide the option for further evaluation and monitoring of an individual for up to three days, if determined appropriate and necessary by the CPEP attending psychiatrist.