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MRSS Tools for Providers
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has developed a series of MRSS Tools for Providers, the objective of which includes establishing individual and family safety; maintaining youth in the least restrictive setting; diverting children from hospital emergency rooms and inpatient hospitalization; keeping young people safe at home, in the community, and in school whenever possible, and assisting youth and families in learning new skills and building supports to reduce the frequency and intensity of future crises.
OhioMHAS is also developing an MRSS Data Management System to provide a quality, statewide mental health and addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery system for all Ohioans. This Data Management System serves as a platform that interacts with referral partners and providers to help children Youth and families in behavioral health in crisis.
What is Mobile Response and Stabilization Services?
MRSS stands for Mobile Response and Stabilization Services. Families with youth and young adults up to age 21 who are experiencing difficulties or distress can receive assistance within 60 minutes after contacting MRSS. You may also receive up to 42 days of intensive, in-home services and linkage to on-going supports.
Services provided by the MRSS team may include: safety assessments, de-escalation, peer support, and skill building, among others. Access to MRSS is available 24 hours per day, seven day a week. You make the call, together we respond.
MRSS Practice Standards
The Mobile Response and Stabilization Service (MRSS) Practice Manual is authorized by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and serves as the basis for process improvement and expansion of MRSS to improve behavioral health services for the state’s young people. The intent of this manual is to establish expectations for operational components and to guide implementation, while allowing ample flexibility to accommodate county/regional needs and practice innovation.
MRSS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE – View video sessions from two-day webinar hosted by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Center for Innovative Practices. Click here.
Crisis Services White Paper Report from OhioMHAS
Across Ohio, people of all ages and their families are seeking care in record numbers for substance use disorder and mental health concerns. Frequently, these Ohioans are exhibiting severe symptoms, such as psychosis, suicidal ideation, agitation, aggression, and/ or are exhibiting symptoms of substance withdrawal or the toxic effects of substance misuse or abuse. In many communities, people rely on emergency departments that may lack the behavioral health resources to adequately assess, stabilize, and connect people to community services and supports.
Also, emergency departments may not have sufficient resources to provide an adequate response to a psychiatric behavioral health emergency, particularly when people experience prolonged wait times for an available psychiatric bed. In the community, when a person is in crisis and suffering a behavioral health condition or other problem that affects the person’s emotional well-being and safety, law enforcement is often called to respond. The person in crisis may be arrested and jailed without access to the appropriate care. Jail is not the right place for people living with mental illness and their presence there creates difficulties for jail staff
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WHAT IS A ‘CRISIS’?
MRSS services are for any family defined crisis. A few examples of common issues that MRSS staff can help with include:
– escalating emotional or behavioral issues – mental health issues
– addiction and substance abuse – physical and emotional trauma
– school truancy – running away from home
– parent/child or caregiver/child conflict – suicidal ideation
An Inpatient Alternative | Mobile Crisis Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS)
Mobile Crisis Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) are one example of a cost-effective alternative to the use of EDs and inpatient treatment. MRSS provide mobile, on-site and rapid intervention for youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis, allowing for immediate de-escalation of the situation in the least restrictive setting possible; prevention of the condition from worsening; and the timely stabilization of the crisis.
The mobile crisis component of MRSS is designed to provide time-limited, on-demand crisis intervention services in any setting in which a behavioral health crisis is occurring, including homes, schools and EDs. Depending on the needs of the child, the stabilization component may include a temporary, out-of-home crisis resolution in a safe environment. A growing body of evidence points to MRSS as a cost-effective method for improving behavioral health outcomes; deterring ED and inpatient admissions; reducing out-of-home placements; reducing lengths of stay and the cost of inpatient hospitalizations; and improving access to behavioral health services. In addition, families often report greater satisfaction with MRSS when compared to the ED.