At this time, (March 16, 2020), mental-health therapists and care coordinators at The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Best Point Behavioral Health are planning to continue to work during the school closure. They will be contacting families that are currently served, individually, to offer home-based, office-based (NOT at school, but at The Children’s Home), or via telephonic services, as agreed upon by the family. Please note that private-pay students cannot receive services at home per rules. Medical providers will continue to offer Medical Management appointments at the 5051 Duck Creek office (NOT at LMS). Additionally, the intake office is available by phone. .
For mental-health crises, students and families can access support via crises lines:
- COVID Care Line (State of Ohio/Ohio Department of Health)
Contact (800) 720-9616
- Cincinnati Children’s Psychiatric Intake Response Center
Contact (513) 636-4124
- Hamilton County
Contact (513) 281-CARE (2273) or text 4HOPE to 839863
- Clermont County
Contact (513) 636-4124
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC)
Guidance from CCHMC regarding access to supports (shared via MindPeace):
“Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is committed to the safety of all patients. Similar to the rest of the country, CCHMC has the potential to be impacted by the COVID-19 virus and we are expecting an increase in patients presenting to our emergency departments. Our goal is for patients who do not need emergent care to avoid the emergency department in an attempt to avoid unnecessary exposure to infectious illness.
For mental health crises or emergencies, patients and families are encouraged to contact their current mental health provider first. This allows the mental health provider, who knows your child best, to provide support and direction. If your child does not have a mental health provider, and they are experiencing a non-life threatening mental health crisis, you are encouraged to contact the Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) at CCHMC 513.636.4124. The PIRC staff will help you to decide the most effective level of intervention for your child’s mental health crisis – which may include an urgent psychiatric assessment in the PIRC Bridge Clinic.
You should go to the emergency department if you are experiencing a medical emergency, a life-threatening mental health crisis, or are directed to go there by a medical provider. This will help limit the spread of the virus in our community and allow our emergency departments to care for patients with the most critical needs first."