Psychiatric Home Visiting Services
To reduce the need for in-hospital care, psychiatric home treatment services were first promoted in Amsterdam in the 1930s. Emergency personnel, organized into multidisciplinary teams, made on-site visits to patients in crisis. These teams conducted brief emergency evaluations to determine whether or not continued home treatment—with medication and also with some counseling—could prevent hospitalization. These early services successfully minimized hospitalizations and demonstrated their utility as emergency care services in their own right. Today, home visiting is an integral part of the community mental health network, extending psychiatric care to those who either cannot or will not use established hospital or office-based services.
KeywordsMental Health System Psychiatric Care Emergency Team Emergency Personnel Hosp Community Psychiatry
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