Psychiatric Emergency Department

Our Approach

People who are having a psychiatric or substance abuse crisis need help right away. The Psychiatric Emergency Department at Providence Alaska Medical Center provides expert care when you need it. Our experienced psychiatric team understands how critical it can be to get help in times of crisis, and we’re here for our patients, 24 hours a day.

Our Treatments and Services

Our Psychiatric Emergency Department is located within the main Emergency Department at Providence Alaska Medical Center. All patients are seen first by an Emergency Department physician, and those who need psychiatric care will then see our psychiatric specialty team.

The psychiatric team includes psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed assessment specialists, registered nurses and psychiatric care technicians. They combine their skills to help our patients get through their mental health crisis.

Treatment starts with a comprehensive risk assessment by a licensed mental health professional and includes brief therapeutic interventions. These interventions are designed to help people understand their risks and change their behaviors. The course of treatment for each patient is then individualized, with the aim of helping them get past their immediate crisis and accept further therapy, if necessary.

Most patients are discharged to their homes, though in some cases, referrals can be made for higher levels of care.

More Information

To learn more about Providence Behavioral Health Services, please call 907-563-2211.