Rainbow Services Inc

Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center (Heartland RADAC) in collaboration with Wyandotte Center, and Johnson County Mental Health Center embarked on a pilot project to enhance the continuum of mental health crisis/emergency services serving residents of Wyandotte and Johnson counties.

The model will allow individuals to receive prompt action, appropriate services and effective support in a respectful environment while meeting needs of law enforcement with a one-stop location for crisis/emergency services for persons experiencing mental health and substance abuse crises.

• Assessment/triage that operates and accepts clients 24/7.
• A Sobering Unit with withdrawal management with average stays of 4-6 hours.
• A medically supervised Crisis Observation Unit for stays of up to 23 hours.
• A Crisis Stabilization Unit with medical oversight for up to 10 days.

Clients presenting in Assessment/Triage who are impaired from the use of alcohol and other mood-altering substances will be directed to the Sobering Unit. This short stay (average 3-6 hours) will provide a resource for law enforcement, in particular, to bring individuals who are intoxicated or impaired as a diversion from jail. They are projecting 10 beds for the Sobering Unit.

Motivational interviewing will be used to engage individuals to transition into recommended substance abuse services. When individuals are released from the Sobering Unit, they will transition to local Social Detox services or return to the community with a recovery support plan.

In addition to the Sobering Unit, the collaborative will operate a 23 hours Crisis Observation Unit where programming focused on preventing higher levels of care including hospitalization and incarceration. The 24/7 service will be medically supervised with a focus on psychiatric assessment and stabilization, basic medical screenings and assistance, level of functioning assessment, medication management, on-site connections to community-based services and community resource acquisition.

The Crisis Stabilization Unit will have up to 10 beds and provide care to individuals who require more than can be provided during a 23 hour observation stay, and are likely to stabilize within 10 days without requiring higher levels of inpatient care in a hospital. Team members will evaluate and stabilize the crisis, and make referrals to the most appropriate level of care. Psychiatric consultation and medication are available when necessary.

The Crisis Stabilization Unit will provide a cost-effective alternative to hospitalization with a focus on retaining connections to family and community. Length of stay on this unit is flexible (up to 10 days) to meet individual needs.