The Care We Offer:
- MHEC assesses, stabilizes, and provides emergency treatment to people experiencing a mental health emergency
- The goal is to treat the emergency and quickly connect the patient with the appropriate care. This could be additional mental health support in the community or in a mental health hospital.
- The center also connects patients and families to supportive services.
- There are separate treatment areas for adults and children
The MHEC Does NOT Provide:
- Long-term inpatient care
- Outpatient mental health therapy or medication administration
- Scheduled appointments (walk-in only)
- Medical care, such as heart, cancer, or wound care. *Patients who have both medical and mental health emergencies should go to a hospital emergency room.
When To Use MHEC
Patients and families should go to MHEC if they are experiencing a serious mental health emergency and are at risk to themselves or others.
This may include (but is not limited to):
- Thoughts of suicide, self-harm, or harming others
- Violent, erratic, or aggressive behavior
- Significant worsening of mental health disorders
Not sure if you need Emergency Mental Health Services? Call the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Crisis Services line (414-257-7222) if you experience the following:
- You have racing thoughts and are talking faster than you remember
- You feel like you might harm yourself or others
- You feel unable to cope with daily problems or activities
- You hear voices others don’t seem to hear
- You feel very agitated, restless, or irrational