Safe Harbor/Compass House Residential Crisis Services offers intensive mental health and support services that are provided to an adult with mental illness who is experiencing or is at risk of a psychiatric crisis that would impair the client’s ability to function in the community and is designed to prevent a psychiatric inpatient admission, provide an alternative to psychiatric inpatient admission, shorten the length of inpatient stay, or reduce the pressure on general hospital emergency departments.
Safe Harbor/Compass House Residential Crisis Services is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and operates in compliance with COMAR 10.21.26 as well as with all applicable regulations, policies and procedures established by Garrett County Lighthouse, Inc.
Safe Harbor/Compass House Residential Crisis Services are designed to avert or shorten the length of inpatient admissions; defuse a current crisis, evaluate the nature of the crisis, stabilize the client to the pre-crisis level of functioning and intervene to reduce the likelihood of crisis recurrence. Safe Harbor/Compass House staff will assist the client and members of the client’s natural support system to recognize and take preventive action to resolve situations that lead to crisis, as well as provide counseling, training, and support for crisis prevention, identification, and intervention for clients and, if appropriate, their families. Clients will be linked with services and supports in the community including, but not limited to, financial, educational, social, medical, and mental health resources that will enable the client to return to the client’s previous living situation or secure an alternative living situation and offer a home-like environment that provides goal-directed services to facilitate safe discharge from residential crisis services.
Safe Harbor/Compass House Residential Crisis Services assures that services are coordinated with, when appropriate:
(a) A client’s custodial agents;
(b) Designated psychiatric emergency facilities;
(c) Psychiatric inpatient facilities;
(d) Psychiatric rehabilitation programs;
(e) Outpatient mental health clinics;
(f) Somatic care providers;
(h) Other agencies involved with the client, including, but not limited to:
• Local departments of social services;
• Department of Juvenile Services;
• The local education authority;
•The local coordinating council (LCC)
• The local management board; and
• Criminal justice agencies
(i) Other public and private providers of mental health services to a client.