ERIC Number: ED154302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
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Montgomery County Emergency Service, Norristown, Pennsylvania. An Exemplary Project.
Blew, Carol H.; Cirel, Paul
Police are on duty around the clock. As the only available service agency during many hours of the day, they must cope with a variety of social problems, among them psychiatric and drug and alcohol emergencies that may not be criminal offenses but nevertheless pose a threat to the individual and the community. Few jurisdictions have developed a centralized system to provide care for people in such circumstances. One that has is Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES) is a private, nonprofit corporation and a fully-licensed and accredited psychiatric hospital which offers psychiatric and drug and alcohol emergency service. MCES services include telephone "hot-line" assistance, a specially equipped emergency ambulance, psychiatric evaluation, detoxification, short-term hospitalization, and referral to other agencies for continuing care. To assist police in handling these emergencies, MCES formed a Criminal Justice Liaison Network by placing trained human service workers in selected police departments. By designating MCES an Exemplary Project, the National Institute recognizes it as a viable alternative to arrest in various crisis situations. This manual is being published to provide information to other communities interested in developing a similar program. (Author)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Counselors, Criminals, Delivery Systems, Drug Abuse, Emergency Squad Personnel, Mental Disorders, Models, Police, Professional Personnel, Psychiatric Hospitals, Referral, Social Problems, State Legislation
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 20402 (Stock number 027-000-00638-8)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A