The CRHT Teams have two core functions; Gate keeping assessments and home treatment.
The team act as ‘gatekeepers’ to adult inpatient mental health services, rapidly assessing individuals with acute mental health needs. Arranging admissions to hospital where indicated and when not advises of alternative options available which will meet individuals needs. One of the alternative options is short term treatment in the client’s own home provided by the team, this offers a less restrictive option than inpatient care for a maximum of 8 weeks.
When an individual is admitted to hospital the team can support early discharge back to the community by offering intensive support and reducing the length of stay in hospital.
Home treatment is a 24 hour service, 7 days a week which provides immediate multidisciplinary community-based treatment. The team remain involved with the client until the crisis is resolved and then link the client into ongoing care if required. Care is agreed in collaboration with client and carer/involved support networks.
Home treatment can offer intensive support and high frequency of visits if indicated, this is provided by a variety of professions who are part of the service including; nurses, social workers, psychology, occupational therapy and psychiatrist. Complimenting this support is the Crisis Recovery Unit a day service which provides assessment, therapeutic interventions and a safe environment. In addition, the teams utilise the Crisis House which is delivered in partnership with a third sector provider (Platform) to provide short term crisis accommodation.
When CMHTs are closed the Crisis Service is also available for eligible clients to discuss Mental Health Measure Self referrals and consider the urgency of these and advising the individual.
Referral: Referral to the CRHT Teams is made through the CMHTs Mon - Fri 9 - 5, and via the GP at other times.