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Common Ground Relocates Crisis-Related Services

Important Community Alert for Oakland County Emergency Responders & Residents
Starting Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at 4 p.m., Common Ground Will Move Its Crisis Service Location

 In a crisis situation every second counts, which is why Oakland County emergency responders and citizens need to be aware that as of Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4 p.m., Common Ground’s crisis services will no longer be housed at Doctor’s Hospital in Pontiac. The organization’s crisis services, funded by Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA), will now be provided at the new Resource & Crisis Center on the Oakland County Campus at 1200 N Telegraph Rd., Bldg. 32E.


“It is absolutely imperative that during the transition of Common Ground’s current service location at Doctors’ Hospital to the new Resource & Crisis Center, emergency responders and Oakland County citizens are aware of the move,” explains Common Ground CEO, Tony Rothschild. “We want people to get the help they need, as quickly as possible. Arriving at our former service location only to learn that we’re not there and they have to travel to another destination, will only frustrate individuals who are already dealing with stressful circumstances.”


The new 48,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility is conveniently situated near a community bus line route and is adjacent to the Health Department and WIC. The building’s ideal location and available space were determining factors in identifying it as a solution to the need for increased public resources to assist individuals who have a mental illness, developmental disability, serious emotional disturbance, or substance use disorder.


Services offered at the location include the following:


·        OACIS (Oakland Assessment and Crisis Intervention Services) —Recovery oriented face to face assessment, crisis intervention, and stabilization services for all Oakland County residents, including children.  Focuses on problem solving and assertive crisis resolution strategies tailored to each person’s specific needs. 


  • OCIRT (Oakland Crisis Intervention and Recovery Team) — Oakland Crisis Intervention & Recovery Team (OCIRT) provides recovery oriented, trauma informed crisis intervention to those requiring/desiring additional supports between the crisis and the onset of treatment.  This service is provided to Community Mental Health eligible persons in Oakland County 12 hours per day/7 days per week (12 PM to 12 AM).  Our primary focus is with participating hospitals in Oakland County.  To add your hospital to the OCIRT program please call 248-977-5629.  Persons in crisis may call 800-231-1127.


·        24-Hour Resource & Crisis Helpline (800-231-1127)— Immediate help to individuals, families and friends of people in crisis and access to adults and children seeking mental health assessments.  Trained crisis interventionists are available to receive crisis calls, chats and texts to offer confidential support and resources. Translation is available in more than 140 languages through the Language Line program and offer services for deaf and hearing-impaired individuals. Crisis debriefing is available for the community in the event of a traumatic event. Crisis Chat/Text program can be accessed by texting 248-809-5550 or through www.commongroundhelps.org  during specific hours.


·        ACCESS- Provides free eligibility determination screenings for people with developmental disabilities, children with emotional disturbances, and adults with mental illness. Access screenings are provided over the phone or on a walk in basis, for entry into the public specialty mental health system through Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA). ACCESS also provides referrals for non OCCMHA services for anyone in Michigan.


·        Crisis Residential Unit—Short-term (1-14 days), alternative to inpatient psychiatric hospitalization for people agreeing to actively participate in a recovery oriented treatment environment. Services include psychiatric medication review, group therapy, skills groups, recovery coaching, art therapy, and coordinated discharge planning. 


·        Support Groups- The Domestic Abuse Support Group, Growth and Healing Group, Survivors of Homicide Victim’s Support Group, Survivors of Suicide Support Group, and Love & Logic Support Group.


·        Legal Clinic—Volunteer attorneys provide free legal advice and referrals on a first come, first served basis.  No representation is available.


·        Victim Assistance Program—24-hour access to crisis intervention and advocacy for victims of any crime, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, homicide and workplace violence. Assistance includes on-site advocacy, death notification, personal protection order assistance and accompaniment of victims to hospitals, police stations and court rooms.


·        Utilization Review -Comprised of a team of experienced clinicians who manage episodes of psychiatric inpatient care, partial hospital program, and crisis residential services that focus on quality, desired outcomes, and a coordinated discharge plan.  This is accomplished through continued stay reviews, which includes authorizations, peer-to-peer consultation, and assurance of least restrictive environment.


The Resource & Crisis Center renovation was financed by a $14.5 million bond, which was approved by the Oakland County Building Authority. The building is being subleased by OCCMHA from Oakland County, which is leasing the property from the Oakland County Building Authority.


About Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority

Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority is the public mental health system responsible for identifying, influencing, and delivering services and supports to approximately

22,000 Oakland County residents, including adults and children with developmental disabilities; adults with serious mental illness or substance use disorders; and children with serious emotional disturbance.


OCCMHA’s network of service providers include: Common Ground, Community Housing Network, Community Living Services, Community Network Services, Easter Seals Michigan, Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Oakland Family Services, Inc., and Training and Treatment

Innovations. For more information about OCCMHA call (800) 341-2003 or visit www.occmha.org.


About Common Ground
Helping people in need for more than 40 years, Common Ground is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping people move from crisis to hope. The agency’s 24-hour Crisis and Resource Helpline (800-231-1127), youth and family services, emergency psychiatric services and other programs throughout Oakland and Genesee Counties are a lifeline for runaway and homeless youth, families in crisis, victims of crime, people with mental illness and others in critical situations.  For more information, visit www.commongroundhelps.org




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