Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention (YMCI)

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A mobile, community-based resource for youth in crisis and their families
On-site interventionDepressed teen
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The YMCI team helps youth and their families during a crisis by providing:
• Assessment
• Intervention
• Stabilization
• Links to community resources

YMCI’s trained professionals will travel to the youth’s home, school, residential program, or other community setting, as well as Emergency Departments at local hospitals, to provide on-site evaluation and crisis intervention services.

Eligibility

Children and families eligible for YMCI are those enrolled in Medicaid/Mass Health, one of their managed care entities (Network Health, Fallon/Beacon, BMC Healthnet, MBHP, Neighborhood, etc.), or are uninsured. The service is available to youth from birth through age 21.

What can you expect from a Mobile Crisis Intervention Team?

During the first meeting with the YMCI team, the staff members may:

• Meet with the youth
• Meet with family members
• Gather information about the current crisis and what the youth and family have already tried to resolve the crisis
• Gather information about the youth’s health and development, medication (past and present), and side effects, school, trauma, family health history, substance use, treatment history, and history of unsafe behavior
• With the guardian’s consent, speak with other providers, family members, and community members who have been helping the family

After gathering all of this information and consulting our team will meet with the youth and family to discuss stabilization activities that might be helpful to them. The team will be available to the family for support, stabilization, and coordination. These activities may include but are not limited to:

• Creating or updating a risk management safety plan
• Brief interventions that address behavior and safety
• Linkage with current community service providers
• Solution-focused crisis counseling sessions
• Connecting with natural supports
• Referral to additional services
• Referral to Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT), or Intensive Community Based Acute Treatment (ICBAT), Adolescent Detoxification/Stabilization, or inpatient facilities, etc.


To request an emergency evaluation, please contact your local Emergency Service Provider at one of the following toll-free numbers:

Worcester Team: 1-866-549-2142
This team provides service to the following communities:
Auburn
Boylston
Grafton
Holden
Leicester
Millbury
Paxton
Shrewsbury
Spencer
West Boylston
Worcester

North Central Worcester County Team: 1-800-977-5555
This team provides service to the following communities:
Ashby
Ayer
Baree
Berlin
Bolton
Clinton
Fitchburg
Gardner
Groton
Harvard
Lancaster
Leominster
Lunenburg
New Braintree
Oakham
Pepperell
Shirley
Princeton
Sterling
Townsend
Westminster
Winchendon
Pepperell

For additional information about Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention, please call:
 
Lori Simkowitz-Lavigne, MA, LMHC
Director of Intensive Youth Services
Community Healthlink
26 Queen St, 5th Floor
Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: 774-312-2474

 

Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention is a component of the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative.
The Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative is an interagency initiative of the Commonwealth’s
Executive Office of Health and Human Services, whose mission is to strengthen, expand, and integrate Massachusetts state services into a comprehensive, community-based system of care to ensure that families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs obtain the services necessary for success in home, school, and community.


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