In case of an emergency our team can be accessed 24 hours a day at:
For over 50 years, Emergency Services of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Island Counseling Center has provided a sense of safety and security for our community in providing access to our 24 hour clinical crisis response team.
In times of psychiatric crisis, our team of clinicians provide a comprehensive and organized treatment of emergency care.
Our goals are to provide the least restrictive intervention, while ensuring and assessing the safety of those we serve. We operate from guiding principles of dignity and respect for each consumer and their family.
In case of a mental health emergency our team can be accessed 24 hours a day through our answering service at 508-693-0032. Information or other concerns can be directed to Tom Bennet at 508-693-7900 Ext. 211.
Our team is comprised of caring trained professionals whom provide the following services:
- Mobile Crisis Intervention (MCI)
- Emergency Psychiatric evaluations
- Urgent care brief counseling sessions
- Suicide Risk Assessments
- Homicidal Risk Assessments
- Clinical Debriefing and consultation
- Bereavement Counseling
- Coordination of inpatient admissions and transportation
- Outreach Services
- Psychiatric support for those in crisis
- Links to other community resources
- Intake referrals for services through Island Counseling Center
After receiving the call our clinicians will determine the most appropriate location for services to take place. Historically services have been rendered at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Community Corrections, Dukes County House of Corrections, the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, Homes or the Island Counseling Center.
Utilizing Emergency Services has been a highly used resource in our community. Our affiliates and consumers deserve the security of knowing that mental health help is always available.
Crisis range from moderate to severe and all deserve the same attention and sensitive approach. Most mental health crisis should not be handled exclusively without a trained professional. Agencies, businesses, community members and other non-profit organizations can use Emergency Services free of charge.
Funding is provided by the Department of Mental Health, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services fundraising, Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.