Psychiatric Emergency Services
Saint Clare’s Hospital is the Designated Psychiatric Screening Service
for Morris County Residents. Psychiatric Emergency and Psychiatric Screening
Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These services are
designed to meet the needs of those in acute emotional crisis, in which
immediate psychiatric intervention is needed. A person seeking Psychiatric
Screening Services will initially be seen in the medical emergency department
for a medical screening exam. The purpose of this exam is to rule out
a medical / metabolic condition that may cause current symptoms. Upon
completion of the medical screening exam, the person will be referred
to Psychiatric Emergency Services for a clinical interview and assessment
of current mental status. The Psychiatric Screeners will interview the
designated client, collateral resources, and all relevant clinical data
will be documented. The staff will subsequently call the on call psychiatrist
for a case discussion and disposition. Potential outcomes of disposition
may be outpatient services, inpatient services (voluntary / involuntary),
partial hospitalization, the children’s inpatient crisis intervention
unit, and the detoxification unit.
The department also provide mobile response to all towns in Morris County.
If a person is deemed to be a danger to themselves, others, property or
unable to provide for basic self-care in the community, the Mobile Screening
component of this service, in conjunction with local law enforcement,
can meet the client at their residence and assess whether they meet the
criteria for Involuntary Commitment. If the screener determines that the
client does meet that criteria, arrangements are made with the accompanying
law enforcement to transfer the client to the Screening Center or to the
nearest emergency room. Evaluation and consolations will continue on site
The unit can be reached during normal business hours at 973-625-6150.
The 24-hour hotline can be reached at 973-625-0280.