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PARKERSBURG — Westbrook Health Services is bringing a new service to the area.

The Crisis Response Unit will provide personalized care and services in several different settings with care based on the needs of each client. This is to ensure that they can achieve and maintain stability within an integrated community framework.

The program is the critical intervention unit for I/DD clients who are diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability and the CRU unit allows a critical team to assist them if needed.

Individual services provided may include:

* Provision of temporary accommodation such as a crisis shelter, with an individualized service plan.

* Behavioral assessment to understand and identify behaviors that lead to crisis situations.

* Psychiatric assessment and medication management.

* Nursing services.

* Access to medical care.

* Establish guidelines for parents and caregivers to manage challenging behaviors.

* Consultation to the treatment team.

* Service assessment and coordination to help with treatment planning and access to long-term services for people who do not have service coordination.

* Participation in regional clinical review teams.

* Educational programming and recreational opportunities.

The unit will also coordinate resources which includes:

* Assist in the identification of resources needed to reduce the risk of inappropriate admissions to out-of-home placements, such as psychiatric hospitals, state residential placements, or out-of-state placements.

* Conduct extensive research to find appropriate solutions for families.

* Advocacy for the individual or family to achieve desired outcomes.

* Develop and maintain effective relationships through effective and timely communication.

* Using standardized, individualized, and strengths-based assessments to inform an effective service plan.

* Assessment of Adult Needs and Strengths (ANSA) or Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS).

* Using person-centred, strengths-based planning and counseling and positive behavior support to understand and identify behaviors that lead to crisis situations.

Service assessment and coordination to help with treatment, planning and access to long-term services for people who do not have case managers or service coordinators.

* Consultation with community providers and individual treatment teams to facilitate a person’s transition from a crisis situation to a stable and integrated environment. This includes creating guidelines for parents and caregivers to manage challenging behaviors.

* Development of an immediate security plan, if necessary.

The goal is to provide the best care in the best possible way for each client. All services are available and provided as needed.

For more information on the program, Brittian Miller, CRU Manager, at [email protected]




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