Acute Psychiatric Services
What is the Acute Psychiatric Services (APS)?
APS serves as the 24-hour psychiatric emergency service for the
University Behavioral HealthCare-Piscataway system. Call 732-235-5700
for more information.
What services are provided by APS?
APS provides a 24-hour walk-in to serve individuals of all ages
who require an emergency level of care. Some individuals who come
to APS are currently in treatment at University Behavioral HealthCare;
others are not. Walk-in patients are seen briefly by a nurse,
and then by a mental health clinician who conducts an assessment
of a patients condition and develops an appropriate intervention
and disposition plan. APS operates a 3-bed crisis unit in which
patients may be treated for up to 24 hours and provided with stabilizing
care; a psychiatrist is available to the service 24 hours a day,
seven days a week. In addition to on-site evaluation and treatment,
certified screening staff of APS provides a 24-hour outreach service
to communities throughout Middlesex County. During an outreach,
a screener provides an assessment of an individual who may need
referral for crisis treatment or possible hospital admission.
Additionally, the unit provides a 24-hour telephone hotline service
staffed by crisis counselors who are trained in both telephone
assessment and crisis prevention.
What happens after an individual is evaluated in APS?
Part of the comprehensive evaluation that all APS patients receive
is an assessment of need for additional clinical intervention.
Referral options include Acute Day Hospital, Outpatient Treatment,
Substance Abuse Treatment, and Medical Treatment if warranted.
A patient who is in need of inpatient treatment can be admitted
to the UBHC inpatient program or referred to an outside hospital.
Patients who are discharged home are provided with APSs
phone number and encouraged to call if they feel any need for
additional crisis intervention.