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New Franklin County Psychiatric Crisis Line for Youth now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Columbus, OH - 4/4/2016

Effective April 4, 2016, the Franklin County Psychiatric Crisis Line for youth and adolescents ages 17 and under is provided exclusively by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The psychiatric crisis line is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to address the growing need of mental health and substance abuse crisis services for youth and adolescents. To reach the youth and adolescent psychiatric crisis line, please call 614-722-1800.

Youth and families already linked with a behavioral health clinician should first contact their clinician or crisis line provided by their current clinician.

Franklin County adults, 18 years of age or older, can continue to seek psychiatric crisis care at Netcare Access. Netcare Access provides 24-hour mental health and substance abuse crisis intervention, stabilization and assessment. To reach the Netcare Access adult crisis line, please call 614-276-CARE (2273).

The Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board of Franklin County initiated this expanded partnership due to the increased demand of youth in need of crisis services. Nationwide Children’s will ensure linkage to ongoing treatment following crisis evaluation and stabilization.

“Nationwide Children's Hospital has long collaborated with ADAMH and our other community partners to provide expert psychiatric/behavioral health treatment and crisis care to children and adolescents in our community,” said David Axelson, MD, Medical Director for Behavioral Health Services and Chief of Psychiatry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “It is an integral part of our mission to remain committed to improving access and linkage to services in order to meet the growing need.”

“Families across Franklin County have expressed a growing need for increased youth crisis services. By growing our partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we can ensure that youth and their families have access to these crucial behavioral health services. ADAMH is excited about this partnership and looks forward to our continued work with Nationwide Children’s Hospital,” said David Royer, ADAMH Board Chief Executive Officer. 

ADAMH is Franklin County’s authority for planning, funding and evaluating mental health, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services. ADAMH-funded services are provided by a local network of more than 33 not-for-profit providers and offered on a sliding-fee scale, making them affordable for any county resident, regardless of income.  

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