The North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Behavioral Health College Partnership (BHCP) is a unique community service program that works with undergraduate and graduate college/university students affected by acute mental health issues to access evidence-based behavioral health services BHCP provides state-of-the-art evaluation and evidence-based treatment for psychiatric crises and aftermath, as well as diverse challenges ranging from adjustment problems to major disorders emerging during the transition to college life. Pre-existing relationships with many schools and knowledge of their practices allows us to offer specialty consultation services to students regarding common concerns related to academic status, school absences and school re-entry process. Student patients and families appreciate these liaison services as they allow the patient/family to concentrate on the treatment, experience more seamless transitions in treatment care and less disruption in the academic cycle.
Key program elements include:
- Emergency Transport and Assessment for College Students
- Discreet and sensitive North-Shore – LIJ Center for Emergency Medical Services (CEMS) ambulance transport 24/7 with psychiatric and college expertise
- Specialized psychiatric emergency assessment of college students at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center Emergency Department that emphasizes efficiency and family and school input.
- Young Adult Inpatient Unit Specializing in the College Population
- State-of-art unit for young adults in the Behavioral Health Pavilion at The Zucker Hillside Hospital
- Standardized diagnostics and evidence-based therapeutics
- Specialized groups focusing on college student related concerns
- Academic consultation services from BHCP personnel
- Comprehensive aftercare treatment plans with BHCP outpatient program introduction and verbal handoffs between providers to prevent relapse
- Post-Hospitalization Outpatient Services for College Students
- Dedicated staff with college student expertise
- Evidence-based individual and group psychotherapies
- Medication management consonant with successful inpatient treatment
- Emphasis on team – family centered care with student counseling centers and parents, respectively