A new model of crisis intervention has been developed to address behavioral health issues presenting in hospital emergency rooms. This transitional behavioral health care model addresses the needs of patients presenting to hospitals with acute behavioral health concerns (i.e. altered mental status, psychosis, intoxication, or is a danger to self or others). The program provides emergency assessment and intervention on-site, with follow up (aftercare) services offered within 24 hours of discharge from the hospital.

Aftercare Services include medication consultation, crisis counseling, and case management services designed to assist the patient in maintaining symptom stability while establishing ongoing behavioral health care and appropriate social supports and resources. These services were developed to ensure immediate availability of psychiatric and behavioral health services following a crisis event, in the least restrictive environment, helping patients maintain emotional stability, function in daily activities, and effectively establish ongoing care and resources.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

•Be able to define the term “Medically necessary” as it pertains to psychological care.

•Be able to describe the transitional care model for hospital based services.

•Be able to identify how a Transitional Care Model may be applied to emergent behavioral health care.


Kevin R. Alexander D.B.H., L.P.C.

Dr. Kevin Alexander serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Compass Mental Health. In this role he serves as the administer and provides clinical oversight for a large crisis response agency, working with hospitals throughout the greater Phoenix area. Additionally, he is primarily responsible for the development and implementation of new clinical programs, including medical and behavioral health integration programming. He works closely with other patient care organizations in the community to ensure efficient and effective patient care.

Dr. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Idaho, a Master of Counseling degree from University of Phoenix and a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree from Arizona State University.