GRAND RAPIDS, MI – On Monday morning, half a dozen people were in the emergency department at Trinity Health Saint Mary’s seeking treatment for a mental health crisis.
The wait to be placed with the right mental health facility or professional can sometimes take days, said Matt Biersack, president of Trinity Health Grand Rapids.
And it underscores the need for the new 24/7 behavioral health crisis center opening early 2024 that officials say will not only divert people in mental health crises from emergency departments and jails, but also quickly get them the treatment they need during a crisis.
“We have six patients in our emergency department this morning who are waiting for the right care and the right treatment for their mental health crisis,” Biersack said.
“They’re using the hospital emergency department to access those services, and we’re of course happy to help in any capacity we can, but