Fairfax’s Acute Care Program provides a secure environment for adults who are experiencing extreme disturbances in thought and behavior. While all of Fairfax inpatient services are in a secure facility, there is a particular emphasis in the acute care program as many of these adult patients are involuntarily detained. That means that the Washington State County Courts, either directly or through their designees, have determined that the patient represents harm to themselves or others and is incapable of making a reasonable decision to seek help.
“One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. Treatments are available, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders.”
– World Health Organization (WHO)
The involuntary hospitalization process for a psychiatric emergency may be somewhat frightening and confusing for you and your loved ones. We want to help you understand what takes place when a psychiatric emergency occurs that requires involuntary hospitalization. This will help you understand the safety measures that are in place that keep our community, our staff and our patients safe. Read more about the Involuntary Admissions Process here.
The staff at Fairfax is trained and experienced in caring for individuals who are experiencing extreme emotional and psychological distress and need 24-hour care to ensure their safety and well-being. Under the direct care of Psychiatrist and/or Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses, our interdisciplinary team uses a variety of interventions (including group therapy, medications, milieu management and activities therapy) to stabilize adult patients and determine the best options for discharge to the community following hospitalization. This may include a return to their previous living arrangement or another long-term level of care.