Emergency Behavioral Health Services provides a professional counselor who is available 24 hours per day, every day of the year in the Emergency Department at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. These counselors are specially trained in the provision of Crisis Assessment and Intervention for patients and families who present with emotional, psychiatric or addiction related issues.
Patients and families are interviewed to determine the presenting problems, obtain a brief history of the problem and evaluate the degree of stress and decompensation. All patients are medically examined by the Emergency Department Physician before seeing the counselor. After the counselor completes the evaluation, a disposition is determined and the patient is referred to the least restrictive level of care. A psychiatrist is available on call for consultation if needed.
This service is the official Prescreening Site for Crisis Assessment and Evaluation for Allegany County, Maryland.