Mental health and substance abuse crises can be overwhelming and difficult to manage. Fortunately, Franklin County, Ohio has a variety of programs and services available to help those in need. Netcare Access provides 24/7 crisis workers for those who are suicidal, have emotional problems, or need care for a substance use crisis. The Community Crisis Response (CCR) solution offers an immediate response to traumatic situations that occur in the community with specially trained mental health professionals.
The ROW ONE program is a mobile intervention service designed to get publicly intoxicated people off the streets and into a safe place. The Columbus Mobile Crisis Response Unit combines mental health and substance abuse doctors with a police officer trained in crisis intervention. NAMI's Franklin County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program is a police diversion to jail program prior to arrest. The Testamentary pre-selection is an evaluation to determine if a person meets the criteria for involuntary psychiatric hospitalization.
Helps Franklin County residents find the right places to go for low-cost services related to alcohol, drug and mental health addiction by overseeing more than 35 community agencies. The Netcare community mobile team brings together a licensed mental health doctor and a peer support specialist who offer their clinical experience and personal experience to everyone experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. The Franklin County Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Center is the first of its kind in the state, designed with the collaboration of family and patients. Franklin County residents can call 9-1-1 and request a police officer who has received specialized training in mental health and substance abuse issues (a CIT officer). Through these partnerships, a personalized care network is created so that Ohioans have access to the resources and supports they need to work, live, and thrive in the communities they choose, while navigating the multiple systems in which they participate.
Communities can choose to coordinate their own collaborations focused on access to well-being, or take advantage of existing collaborations between community partners. Officials estimate that approximately 30,000 mental health episodes are treated each year in Franklin County, with 21,800 of them including a visit to a hospital emergency room. 21% of Franklin County's 1.3 million residents experience a mental health emergency each year. With these programs in place, people experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis can receive care in a warm, welcoming, safe, and appropriate place.