OverviewClinic & Center Description:
The Whatcom County Triage Center (WCTC) in Bellingham can accommodate 5 individuals who are recovering from a mental health crisis. We provide crisis stabilization, walk-in emergency and next day appointments. The mental health facility is co-located with a detox facility that is operated by Pioneer Services, to which individuals needing non-medical sobering support can be referred.
Triage programs utilize a recovery model to assist those in behavioral health crisis to access services and supports and resume typical levels of functioning. Multi-disciplinary teams of Peer Counselors, Mental Health Technicians, Clinicians, Nurses, and Psychiatric providers work together to address their needs.
Lengths of stay for both facilities can vary from hours to several days and is dependent on the details of any given crisis episode.Intake Process:
To access this service, call the VOA Care Crisis Response Services ‘the Care Crisis Line” at 1-800-584-3578, 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year to speak with a licensed mental health professional who will assess the situation and make appropriate referrals.
Professionals can directly refer people to WCTC by calling 360-676-2020.
When referring people will be asked about the basic referral information such as:
• Basic demographic information
• Symptoms and behaviors necessitating the referral
• Current cognitive functioning including disorientation, memory impairment, problems with judgment
• Current risk factors including suicidal and homicidal ideation and/or risk of elopement and/or criminal history
• History of drug/alcohol and/or mental health concerns and treatment
• Contact person and phone number if follow up is desired
• Names and phone numbers of any relevant family or friends who should be involved (if available)Requirements:
The person being referred must fit the following criteria:
- 18 years of age or older
- Have a blood alcohol level lower than 0.25
- Must be able to attend to their own activities of daily living, including medical/medication needs
- Not have an acute medical needs (wounds, possible head injury, possible severe drug/alcohol intoxication, etc).
- Not have behavior problems that require hands-on or any type of restraint
- Not be in a wheelchair or use other adaptive equipment and cannot self-transfer and self-evacuate the building in an emergency
Approaches to Therapy:
- Psychiatric Beds
- Psychiatric Emergency Walk-Ins
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- Young adults
CredentialsNational Provider Identifier (NPI) Number: 1457582942
AvailabilityCurrently Accepting Clients: Yes: Open 24 hoursMonOpen 24 hoursTueOpen 24 hoursWedOpen 24 hoursThuOpen 24 hoursFriOpen 24 hoursSatOpen 24 hoursSunOpen 24 hoursADA Accessible: YesNear Public Transportation?: YesTeletherapy:
Closest Bus/Train Stop:
Division St at Bakerview Spur
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