Childrens Crisis Intervention Services
The Childrens Crisis Intervention Services (CCIS) and the
Acute Psychiatric Service (APS), are components of the Crisis
Services unit at University Behavioral HealthCare (UBHC), which
is the behavioral health division of the University of Medicine
and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). As part of a comprehensive
mental health system, CCIS strives to provide excellent psychiatric
services to youth who require an emergency level of care.
What are the services provided?
CCIS offers crisis intervention that includes 1) assessing the
immediate emotional difficulties, usually problems with behavior
or mood; 2) exploring precipitating factors or events; 3) using
therapeutic techniques to stabilize functioning; 4) making recommendations
for follow-up mental health services. When psychiatric hospitalization
are indicated, referrals for admission will be made.
When will I be seen?
This is a walk-in service. Generally you will be
seen on a first come, first serve basis, but as occurs in medical
emergency rooms, sometimes a triage process is used to determine
extent of urgency.
Who will I see?
A mental health clinician will do the initial assessment. When
indicated, an on-call psychiatrist will be contacted for consultation.