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October 4, 2013

Psychiatric, substance abuse units on hospital agenda

Spokesman: New services will make emergency department run better

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People admitted to this unit would include those whose medical status, such as a heart condition, puts them at risk during detox and require medical management through the process, and those whose addiction is so lengthy and so severe that they require medical intervention.

“It could be any preexisting condition that could pose a risk factor,” Murphy said. “Typically, you go through detox in this inpatient setting then when you are medically able to, you leave the hospital and join an outpatient program of meetings and therapy. The intent is to get them on the road to recovery.”

The detox unit would be staffed by doctors, psychiatrists consulting on the detox protocols, nurses, social workers and substance abuse counselors.

“Group and individual therapy would be part of the process,” Murphy said.

Patients would typically be referred to this unit by doctors, social workers, substance abuse counselors and others who recommend in-patient treatment.

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