Mental health dating
According to the CSS website, the nonprofit agency ceased operations last July.Many people are confused about what to do in the face of a mental health emergency. As with any medical emergency, a mental health emergency can be life threatening.A Star Tribune report in 2015 found the agency not only misled the government but also put scores of patients in harm’s way by circumventing state rules on record-keeping and clinical supervision.Former employees said mental health practitioners at CSS would sometimes fill their progress notes with everyday activities such as “grocery shopping,” as if it were therapeutic.In a situation where a patient is decompensating or becoming psychotic and is being guided by audio/visual hallucinations it is sometimes possible that there is a threat posed to another person.This is relatively rare but it can happen if someone is extremely agitated, on hallucinatory drugs or is in the grip of an extremely serious psychotic episode with paranoid thoughts that others are planning to harm the individual.
Generally, people expect to call their doctor’s office and get an emergency appointment if someone has a high fever or other type of physical symptom.
Both police and the EMT workers will assess the situation and decide whether or not the person needs hospitalization.
If the threat is deemed as serious as the phone call indicated they will bring the patient to the hospital emergency room where they will undergo further evaluation and wait until arrangements are made in a local psychiatric facility.
At such in-home agencies, supervision is vital because the practitioners making home visits are typically unlicensed and lack professional degrees.
To bill for services under the state-federal Medicaid program, the agency must have clinical professionals, such as psychologists or licensed social workers, independently review patient files and practitioners’ notes to ensure proper care.
That is why it is most often necessary to call emergency services at 911 and report that someone is in danger of attempting suicide or has already swallowed pills, cut themselves or done something life threatening.