Service to Open Virtually in April 2022 and Physically in August 2022

Common Ground, is the largest provider of mental health crisis services in Oakland County, announced plans to open a behavioral health urgent care center to address the increasing demand from people facing stress, addiction, and other emotional well-being issues.

Common Ground is raising $1 million to develop, build and staff the new center. The facility is expected to launch virtually in April 2022, and then operate from a physical space in August 2022. When it is complete, Common Ground projects it will serve 15,000 people a year.

Behavioral Health Urgent Care is ideal for adults and children who without urgent intervention from prescribers, clinicians, and recovery coaches would experience an increase in psychiatric symptoms such as depression or anxiety. This heightened state could require a visit to an emergency room or another intensive service at the Resource and Crisis Center.

In addition, BHUC will:

  1. Provide care in a more convenient location for those in the south part of Oakland county (and virtually).
  2. Serve more people.
  3. Allow more cost-efficient care for those with commercial insurance.
  4. Provide health insurers with lower cost services for behavioral health crises as an alternative to an emergency department.

The services to be provided at the BHUC include the following:

  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Medication review
  • Prescriptions for bridge medication
  • Crisis Mental Health Assessment
  • Health Assessment
  • Crisis Intervention/Crisis Therapy
  • Care Coordination/Discharge Planning (coordinating care with insurers, routine outpatient providers, scheduling follow up appointments, and follow up to ensure the person served was connected)

The in-person BHUC, when opened, will also be convenient for residents in nearby counties. For the more than one million people residing in Oakland County, the BHUC will be another lifeline for adults, families and youth struggling with a behavioral health crisis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When do I go to an ED vs RCC vs BHUC?
    BHUC is ideal for adults and children experiencing mental health issues who without prompt intervention are likely to experience more severe psychiatric symptoms. Typical symptoms of persons seeking treatment at the BHUC will include depression, anxiety, and co-occurring substance use disorders. Services provided at the BHUC include: psychiatric evaluation, medication review, prescriptions for bridge medication, crisis mental health assessment, health assessment and crisis intervention.
  2. How much will it cost?
    Cost has not yet been determined, but it will be much less expensive than a visit to the emergency room.
  3. Do I need a referral?
    No, you won’t need a referral.