8600 Old Georgetown Road | Bethesda, MD 20814


Crisis Intervention Services

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Suburban Hospital provides an array of comprehensive Behavioral Health Services for individuals with emotional problems, mental illness and addictive diseases, as well as some services designed to foster mental health. Our philosophy of treatment emphasizes respect for patient and family, with a goal of providing care at the least restrictive level possible, and within the local community.

Our primary service area is lower Montgomery County, however, we are recognized within the greater DC Metropolitan Area as a regional provider of mental health and addiction services. All Behavioral programs are licensed by the State of Maryland and are accredited by The Joint Commission.

The Crisis Intervention Service at Suburban Hospital began in November 1994 to provide specialized mental health evaluations in the Emergency Department. Today, the Crisis Intervention Service has expanded to provide both psychiatric and addiction (i.e., alcohol and drug abuse) evaluations in a emergency department, as well as liaison services for medical patients.

The CIS Team is comprised of licensed clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors, in collaboration with a panel of psychiatrists who are committed to quality, cost effective, focused treatment. Patients may be first screened medically by the Emergency Department staff and then referred directly to the CIS. Patients may also be self- or family-referred; referred by their managed care company or healthcare professional; or, referred via a medical consultation request.

The CIS team acts as consultants to physicians and others by providing crisis intervention, and psychiatric/addiction evaluations. The goal is to place patients in the least restrictive treatment setting, to offer stabilization and then a carefully designed appropriate treatment plan and referral. The CIS team also collaborates closely with outpatient providers and case managers. Since the inception of the CIS, the following benefits have been demonstrated:

         Recommendation for placement at the appropriate level of care;

         Improved patient care due to increased response time;

         Improved collaboration with outpatient treatment providers;

         Improved access for patients to County resources.

For more information, please contact our Crisis Intervention Service at 301-896-7696. For general information regarding Suburban Hospital's Behavioral Health Services, or referral to a physician or therapist, please call 301-896-3939. For information on suicide from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, click here.