Southern California’s First and Only Psychiatric Urgent Care.
Laguna Niguel has just acquired a much-needed new service for its community—an urgent care facility that specializes in assisting South County residents with mental health needs. For far too long individuals in need of emergency assistance for a psychiatric condition have had nowhere to turn.
Those who have attempted to get help at a local emergency room have experienced frustration and despair, as most ERs are not equipped or staffed to address urgent mental health needs such as panic attacks, depression, phobias, substance use disorders, or bipolar disorder. Instead of receiving timely help, one may sit in the ER waiting room for hours, often while in a full-blown emotional crisis, feeling embarrassed and humiliated. When finally seen by a doctor, there is no guarantee that he or she is sufficiently trained to intervene in a mental health emergency.
Access Mind Institute launched out of a real-world need that spurred emergency room physician, William Dodge, M.D., to take action. In his experience as an ER doctor, he saw a profound need for behavioral health services. Dr. Dodge witnessed firsthand the impact of a 20% increase from 2006-2011 of ER visits by adults with mental health disorders. Seeing this critical need for after-hours psychiatric services motivated him to create a walk-in facility specifically tailored to serve those with mental health needs. Partnering with Richard Granese, M.D., a highly respected South County psychiatrist, Access Mind Institute was founded.
When a mental health episode presents itself, it can quickly become a crisis event. Now there is somewhere to go to get immediate assistance, potentially preventing the incident from escalating. This important new walk-in service is an amazing resource for South County communities, where a psychiatrist is readily available to immediately offer the support needed. How refreshing it is to know that help and support can be accessed after hours—help that is dedicated specifically for those experiencing an emotional crisis.
Whether someone needs a brief intervention or a complete psychiatric evaluation, all incoming patients will receive immediate support from a mental health professional who can offer to counsel and prescribe medication if needed. In addition to crisis intervention, Access Mind Institute provides ongoing behavioral health counseling services.
The compassionate mental health professionals at Access Mind Institute can see you between 6-10 p.m. Thursday thru Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday), and no appointment is necessary. Located at 30101 Town Center Drive, Suite 113, Laguna Niguel. Reach them at 949.228.2724.