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Elmira Hospital Awarded $5M for New Psych Emergency Program


Arnot Ogden Hospital is one of nine community-based hospitals to share in $39.1 million in state funding to develop new comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs. The Elmira-based hospital was awarded $4.8 million.

“Expanding hospital-based psychiatric emergency programs is a critical component of our efforts to strengthen New York State’s mental healthcare system,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “This funding will provide community-based hospitals with capital to establish new programs, so they can quickly evaluate and provide care to anyone experiencing a behavioral health crisis.”

Comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs are a primary entry point to the mental health system for individuals in need of crisis treatment in a safe and comfortable environment. They provide a full range of psychiatric services to New Yorkers experiencing a behavioral health crisis, including individuals with co-occurring disorders, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and medical conditions; and can admit individuals for up to 72 hours if they need extended observation. 

These programs receive referrals from providers, emergency medical services transport, police transport, and walk-ins. Individuals are first screened, then assessed and examined to determine their mental healthcare needs. Individuals are then provided with a treatment plan tailored to their needs. 

The programs also include mobile crisis services, which can respond to behavioral crises in the community and help reduce the need for an emergency evaluation or admission. Mobile crisis services also support individuals in the community while they await follow-up services.

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