Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Booklet Review: Information Booklet for Families in Crisis

This is a good little booklet for families who might have a family member in need of psychiatric hospitalization.  It explains the process of being put on a hold including 5150 (72-hour hold).  This means a psychiatric placement for up to 72 hours, but not often that long, 5250 or 14-day certification for Intensive Treatment.  EPS is the program in Santa Clara County where most individuals on a hold go, until they are either able to go home, or certified for longer placement.  CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) is the program with police officers in Santa Clara who are trained to deal with mental health emergencies.  Family members are allowed to provide information to psychiatric providers, or CIT officers.  This information should be accurate.  Common terms are Danger to Others (threatening to hurt others), Danger to Self (threatening to hurt oneself), Gravely Disabled (so ill the individual cannot take care of his/herself).

This booklet is put out by Santa Clara County Behavioral Health

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