The Crisis Intervention & Home Treatment Team aims to provide a timely service, enabling us to respond both quickly and intensively to children, young people and their families and/or carers. The service is for children and young people up to age 18 years in Sandwell and Wolverhampton.
This means that we offer specialist services to those children and young people whose mental health is having an impact on their daily functioning (usually due to risk and / or severity of mental illness) and who require urgent intervention. We operate 7 days a week, 08:00-20:00 hours, 365 days a year.
The overall aim of the team is to reduce the frequency of admissions into a Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit, keeping children and young people at home with their families, where they are able to receive a specialist intensive CAMHS support.
The Crisis Intervention and Home Treatment Team responds to referrals received from The Royal Wolverhampton Trust, New Cross hospital, Sandwell General Hospital and Birmingham City hospital. We offer mental health assessments to children and young people who have been admitted following an act of self-harm, or who are presenting with significant mental health concerns. In addition the team offers Crisis Intervention and Home Treatment to children and young people who are already open to the CAMHS service but require an additional level of support. CIHTT also respond to urgent or emergency referrals from other professional agencies such as Police, local Authority, GP’s or other Education or Health services where there is a clearly identified concern regarding acute mental illness or a high level of risk.
Interventions are tailored to meet your specific needs and will be evidence based interventions and will be agreed with you following the initial assessment. At the initial assessment you will be able to speak to a CAMHS crisis clinician alone and with your family member/carer. At the end of the initial assessment, together we will agree a plan and talk about next steps. It may be necessary to arrange a further appointment to complete the assessment and consider the right pathway for you. After agreeing an initial plan of care with you which will include taking about any risks to you, we will give you a written copy of this which will be reviewed regularly. We will also send of copy of the agreed plan to your GP and the person who referred you to our service. Part of the initial assessment will be considering if a referral to another team or service is the most helpful for you at this time, or to discuss what is available across the whole of CAMHS which includes emotional health/wellbeing and mental health pathways.
The CAMHS Crisis and Home Treatment team works with the family as a whole and will also provide support to families/carers. Once you are working with a team within CAMHS we can also signpost or refer you to the Trust Carers Service.
Crisis Intervention and Home Treatment Team accepts referrals from all professional agencies but is not able to take self-referral from families at present. Speak to your GP, teacher or other health worker or social worker about a referral to us. Referrals can be made through the CAMHS Single Point of Access:
Between 09:00-17:00 hours on 01902 444021 or between 17:00 – 20:00 hours on 07900226390.
Between 09:00-17:00 hours on 01216126620 or between 17:00 – 20:00 hours on 07816075218.
48 Lodge Road
If your child’s life or the life of another child is in immediate risk or danger call 999.
If it’s not a 999 emergency you can call 111.
If the emergency is related to a young person’s mental health then the CAMHS Crisis team can be contacted 08:00-20:00 hours on 07900226390 (Wolverhampton) or 07816075218 (Sandwell).
Black Country Healthcare Foundation Trust offer a 247 mental health telephone support line where children, young people and families/carers can access advice and support from a CAMHS healthcare professional. This can be accessed by calling 0800 008 6516
If you are worried about your child's mental health, please seek advice from your GP or call the 247 mental health telephone support line. If you child has a known CAMHS worker, please contact them also.
BCHFT 247 Mental health telephone support: 0800 0086516
Young Minds: 02073 368 445 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Samaritans: 08457 909 090 or email@example.com
MIND Information Line: 08457 660 163 (self-help books are also available)
Youth Access: 02087 729 900
The team will keep your details about your care confidential but do have a duty to share information related to your care with the CAMHS or CAMHS crisis team working with you and with your GP practice. Sometimes it is also helpful to speak to and share information with others involved such as school, another health worker or a social worker and we will always ask for your consent before sharing information with other agencies outside the NHS, unless there is a concern of risk of harm to yourself or others.
Concerns or Complaints
We aim to offer a quality service always. If you do need to raise a concern or wish to make a complaint about the care or treatment you have received from our service then please speak to a member of the team, the CAMHS CIHTT Service Manager or contact or Service Experience Desk on 0800 587 7720 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org