Axis Bridge aims to fill gap in Tri-Valley mental health care | New
Since launching this summer, Axis Bridge Mental Health Urgent Care has worked to help fill a critical gap in mental health care in the Tri-Valley.
Available since July for residents of the cities of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore who are experiencing an urgent mental health crisis, and as an alternative to emergency room treatment, the free program helps patients aged 5 and over receive counseling short-term the same day, psychiatric care, care coordination and connect to long-term care solutions, regardless of their lack or type of insurance.
In a statement, Axis Community Health CEO Sue Compton said the “one-stop-shop,” which is supported by funding from the three cities – including $ 321,495 from Pleasanton – “has been a long-term dream for we”.
“We are providing rapid access to mental health care for residents of Tri-Valley with the goal of minimizing escalation of symptoms that may result in the need for acute care,” said Compton.
A direct referral process with the Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare emergency department has been put in place for patients who would benefit from the service at Axis Bridge. Patients can also receive help navigating the mental health care system with Axis Bridge, a task that the organization says can be “daunting”.