NHCBHA Policy Paper September 2018: Reducing Variability in Emergency Department Treatment for Patients in a Mental Health Crisis
The Emergency Services Learning Collaborative (ESLC) was developed in early 2018 by the NH Community Behavioral Health Association (NHCBHA) to provide a discussion forum for members of the NHCBHA, the community Mobile Crisis Response Teams (MCRTs), the Designated Receiving Facilities (DRFs), and New Hampshire Hospital (NHH) (participant list in Appendix). The group established five monthly one-hour meetings between February and June 2018.
The purpose of the ESLC was to:
- Seek out the best clinical and crisis management practices as they relate to patient risk;
- Leverage the experience of the CMHCs , MCRTs, DRFs, and NHH;
- Develop a set of recommendations for the respective organizations and policy makers, and;
- Ensure linkage with New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA) Behavioral Health Professional Peer Group.
In order to have context in which to evaluate this paper’s findings and recommendations, it is important to understand the perspective of the ESLC’s members with regard to the current emergency services environment in New Hampshire.