Emergency Response and Crisis Prevention System
A crisis occurs when an individual presents with a sudden, unanticipated or potentially dangerous behavioral health condition, episode or behavior. Crisis intervention services are provided to an individual for the purpose of stabilizing or preventing a crisis, determining services needed, and assisting the individual in receiving the least restrictive, most effective treatment available.
Emergency response is an immediate and unscheduled behavioral health service that focuses on intervention, de-escalation, stabilization, and referral to needed follow-up services.
Kentucky’s 14 regional community mental health centers (CMHCs) shall provide or arrange for the provision of emergency services for each individual presenting in a crisis or emergency situation and may be contacted via their crisis hotline numbers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Behavioral Health Services
Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Services
Individuals with a diagnosis of intellectual or developmental disability may also receive additional emergency services to provide the support needed to remain in the community.