Banner Psychiatric Center
In Arizona, if an adult 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 center, located on the grounds of Banner Behavioral Health Hospital, provides crisis intervention services seven days a week, 24 hours a day for adults in Maricopa County, with statewide referrals to the Banner Psychiatric Center available through the Banner Regional Patient Placement Office.
Our center has an observation area for patients and is staffed 24/7 with psychiatric providers, registered nurses, behavioral health technicians and crisis interventionists. At least one psychiatric provider is on duty at all times to provide face-to-face assessments and crisis counseling.
Adult 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.
Banner Psychiatric Center staff are responsible for authorizing services for adults in a mental health crisis, including:
- Inpatient hospitalization
- Crisis respite in the community
- Use of crisis associates (paraprofessionals trained to support and give reassurance to those in crisis)
- Access to basic needs items such as medications, food, and other assistance.
- Banner Psychiatric Center staff also provide referrals to ongoing mental health services and other community resources.