Banner Psychiatric Center
In the state of Arizona, if a person believes he or she is in psychiatric crisis, they are in crisis. A crisis can occur any hour of any day to anyone. It can be caused by things in a person’s control or well out of reach. Unfortunately, many people in crisis turn to the nearest acute care hospital Emergency Department to seek help.
The Banner Psychiatric Center is Banner Health's answer to behavioral-health-related crowding in hospital emergency departments.
The BPC, located on the grounds of Banner Behavioral Health Hospital, provides crisis intervention services seven days a week, 24 hours a day for residents of Maricopa County, with statewide referrals to the BPC available through the Banner Regional Patient Placement Office.
Our center has an observation area for 24 patients and is staffed 24/7 with physicians, nurse practitioners, RNs, behavioral health technicians and counselors. At least one psychiatrist is on duty at all times to provide face-to-face assessments and crisis counseling.
Patients in crisis are admitted to the Banner Psychiatric Center for assessment, rather than being held for hours or days in a hospital emergency or inpatient room until they can be seen by qualified professionals.
BPC staff are responsible for authorizing services for those in a mental health crisis, including inpatient hospitalization, crisis respite in the community, the use of crisis associates (paraprofessionals trained to support and give reassurance to persons in crisis), and access to basic needs support like medications, food, and other assistance. BPC staff also provide referrals to ongoing mental health services and other community resources.
The Banner Psychiatric Center was made possible through donations to the Banner Health Foundation.
For more information, please call:
Behavioral Health Transfers
Arizona toll free (888) 698-2727
Maricopa County (602) 839-2020