Psych Crisis Resources Kit


The Psychiatric Crisis Resources Kit is a collection of tools and information for responding to - and helping others respond to - mental illness emergencies. All components of the Kit are linked from this page. A CD-ROM version is also availabe but requires Internet access because some components are available only on the website. The Kit components are:


A video introduction and orientation to the Kit

“What to do in a Psychiatric Crisis” – a writable brochure tool that community organizations and agencies can use to quickly and economically create a local resource guide for use by families and caregivers in psychiatric emergencies. The brochure tool is provided in a separate PDF document for each side of the brochure. To develop your brochure, download the PDFs by clicking the links below and completge them using the instructions.
Brochure tool Side 1
Brochure tool Side 2

Illustrated step-by-step instructions to completing the writable brochure

NEW "State Standards Charts for Assisted Treatment - Civil Commitment Criteria and Initiation Procedures" (June 2011) - state-by-state summaries of the laws and criteria that determine court-ordered inpatient and outpatient treatment practices, emergency hospitalization for psychiatric evaluation and who can initiate a petition for court-ordered treatment

HELP sheets with practical strategies for responding to four specific crises scenarios

Crisis vocabulary with common terms defined

HIPAA at a glance with rules and exceptions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its 2002 "Privacy Rule"

If you have questions, suggestions, problems or wish to request a copy of the CD version of the Psych Crisis Kit, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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