Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC)
What is a BHUCC?
The Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC, pronounced “Buck”) is a place where people with mental illness can go to be stabilized. It can be compared to an Urgent Care Center where people often go for a medical emergency instead of going to the hospital ER.
The BHUCC provides:
- Crisis stabilization service
- Up to 12 adults and 6 adolescents (estimate about 30 clients a day)
- Doctors, nurses, therapists, peer counselors
- 24/7 Outpatient Program
- Patients may stay up to 24 hours
- Average stay is 4 to 6 hours
- Round the clock security staff
- Discharged patients leave the area and return to their home and community services
Star View Behavioral Health is in the process of developing three BHUCCs. These facilities will operate 24/7 to provide crisis stabilization for up to 12 adults and six adolescents. Clients can stay up to 24 hours. Designed to prevent psychiatric hospitalizations, the BHUCCs will help clients to stabilize and will also provide referrals to other needed services. Transportation is provided as needed.
The BHUCCs will serve the greater Long beach area and the San Gabriel Valley, and they are expected to open in 2018. Another BHUCC is planned for the Antelope Valley, and it is expected to open in 2019.
Long Beach BHUCC
Located in Southern California, this Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center is an alternative to psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, emergency rooms, and even jail, where people with mental illness can find stability. More…