For People in Crisis
The Community Crisis Center is filling the healthcare gap by providing assessment and referral services to people in crisis who need access to integrated mental health, chemical dependency, and social services. Professional staff will provide these services as a licensed Montana Mental Health Center.
The Community Crisis Center is a collaboration of Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health, the Mental Health Center, and St. Vincent Healthcare. It is an innovated integrated system of care designed to better serve an at-risk population of people in Billings and the surrounding communities. It has been recognized by the MHA, an association of healthcare providers, with the 2005 Innovation Award.
The Community Crisis Center is a safe facility open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. By being accessible and having a "no wrong door" philosophy, the CCC will triage clients and refer them to the appropriate services at the point in a person's life when it is most needed. The CCC's guiding principles include: a welcoming attitude, accessibility, and providing integrated and continuous access to services.
How do we help the community?
Because of The Community Crisis Center, we are able to reduce the number of people accessing emergency care for mental health, substance abuse, and social service reasons at the local hospitals. We have also reduced the number of incarcerations at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility for persons with mental health disorders by diverting them to the Community Crisis Center for assistance. This in turn saves taxpayers and hospitals money.