Valley Health Acute Care
Professional & Responsive Emergency Services
Acute mental illness is characterized by significant and distressing symptoms of a mental illness requiring immediate treatment. This may be a person’s first experience of mental illness, a repeat episode or the worsening of symptoms of an ongoing mental illness.
At Valley, we provide emergency services and comprehensive programs in times of mental health crisis or when emergency psychiatric care is needed. Our “ACT” team is specifically trained to handle non-residential acute care situations. We provide professional psychiatric services in a manner that is client-centered as well as timely and efficient.
How Does Acute Care Work?
Help for Those in Mental Crisis
At the point of needing to use acute care, people have high levels of need and are often in crisis, afraid, and vulnerable. In many cases people will be at risk to harm themselves and others.
The aim of an acute care service is to support patients and their families through what is often a frightening and distressing phase of their illness. The very first step is to identify the appropriate steps by undertaking a thorough assessment that takes into consideration:
- The client’s symptoms and the severity of their illness
- The level of risk posed to the client or others
- Personal and family history
- Previous life trauma and social functioning
- The client’s history of previous care focusing on past history of illness, interventions which have worked and those which have not, and the strengths of the person
- A full assessment of alcohol and drug misuse
- A full assessment of social circumstances
A comprehensive assessment is crucial to getting acute care ‘right’ is critical to health outcomes overall and to the individual’s recovery and future engagement with mental health services should the need arise.
Support for Support-Systems
Life After Acute Care
Support-systems of those who have received or are currently going through acute care will be informed appropriately about care level options, next steps, and any other critical information along the way. The goal is to be on the same page in regards to caring for the client.
There are certain measures that should be taken on behalf of clients during or after acute care and our ACT team can coach support-systems on how to advocate for your loved one. Steps like communicating with employers, landlords, friends, and other family, for instance, can be very helpful.
Upon leaving acute care, individuals should have a discharge care plan that will enable them to continue to recover in a less intensive setting. At a minimum this will include:
- How to access future help
- Relapse indicators
- Self-help measures
- Additional advice for support-systems
A Bright Future Starts at Valley Oaks
Walking through the doors of a center like Valley Oaks for the first can be tough. We work hard to make sure that your visit is easy, streamlined, and professional while still addressing your needs. The reality is that more folks are seeking help than you’d ever imagine, and for good reason. More than 80% of folks that seek help for common mental health ailments see significant improvement. Your journey to life’s peaks can start right now… and start right here… at Valley Oaks.