According to Hackensack Meridian Health, the first medically integrated urgency center for behavioral health was opened on Friday in Neptune.
The Health Network announced the Emergency Center as part of its strategy to improve access and treatment of people with mental health problems and addictions.
"Brain health should not be treated differently than physical health," said former MP Patrick Kennedy, a proponent of mental health services that joined hospital officials and other politicians at the ceremony. "Discrimination is described."
Patients at the new center will have access to a behavioral medicine team that includes mental health technicians, licensed clinical social workers, nurses in advanced practices and a psychiatrist who can be contacted via telemedicine, which promotes good health Health professionals who examine, diagnose and treat patients through technology communication.
"What I particularly appreciate about this center is that it really is a model of what we need more on a national level," Kennedy said.
Robert Garrett, According to the CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, the hospital system believes that it is a simple concept that other hospitals and health groups can easily adapt as the health network has expanded and upgraded its existing emergency center.
One in five adults in the US is experiencing illness According to an opening statement, 60 percent of people with mental health problems were not cared for last year.
"By adding psychology to emergency services, we can treat patients with behavioral disorders as stigmatizing and non-threatening as possible," said Donald Parker, president of the Carrier Clinic and Behavioral Health Care Transformation of the Services Network.
"It is difficult for a GP to have the time and ability to deal with psychological issues when a patient comes through the door," he said. "We need the same skills in emergency care, and this concept is exactly what we need to address physical and mental health issues alike."
Hospital officials also found that they expect significant financial benefits from the center. Emergency rooms help increase healthcare costs.
"We believe it's a novel concept across the country," Garrett said. "We hope others will follow suit and truly champion the concept of behavioral emergency care." Brianna Kudisch can be reached at [email protected] . Follow her on Twitter @briannakudisch . Find NJ.com on Facebook . Hint? Tell us. nj.com/tips Get the latest updates straight to your inbox. Subscribe to the newsletters of NJ.com .