Mental Health Services
At Alter Mental Health San Diego, we understand the types of stigmas and daily challenges you may face while living with a behavioral health disorder. We are devoted to helping you learn how to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
An effective crisis response system provides individuals experiencing an emergency mental health crisis with proven techniques and therapies to stabilize and maintain wellness.
While at our Crisis Stabilization Unit, a comprehensive stabilization team that includes psychiatrists, registered nurses, and mental health crisis counselors provide risk assessment, therapeutic activities, and treatment planning.
Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) are small inpatient facilities of less than 16 beds for people in a mental health crisis that are not appropriate for a residential setting. Our Crisis Intervention facility is designed for a person to admit voluntarily when they need a safe, secure environment that is less restrictive than a hospital.
The initial evaluation of the patient’s need for psychotropic medications, the provision of a prescription, and ongoing medical monitoring related to the patient’s use of the psychotropic medication is performed by a qualified physician/prescriber. Medication management includes monitoring, reconciling medications, and ensuring patients get the desired outcomes. It requires a thorough review of prescribed drugs and their possible side effects to create treatment plans and monitor their safety and efficacy.
Wellness is a holistic approach to health that is vital for improving outcomes among people with behavioral health conditions.”This framework,” states wellness expert Margaret Swarbrick, “is useful for consumers, professionals, and families to take control of their lives and capitalize on their strengths, abilities, and personal aspirations in order for every individual to take on and fulfill meaningful roles within their families and in today’s society” (Swarbrick, 2006, p. 313).
Recovery and safety planning
Referral for ongoing services
Family and community support