LANCASTER — In January of 1971, Antelope Valley Hospital opened an in-patient mental health unit to allow local residents to access mental health services without leaving the Antelope Valley.
Today, the unit includes 30 licensed beds and offers care for a range of mental health needs, including schizophrenia, depression and substance abuse. The unit serves hundreds of local residents every year.
“Our goal is to help patients get through a crisis and provide them with the right interventions and therapies aimed at getting them back to their routines and daily activities,” stated AVH Compliance Officer Vikki Haley, RN, MS, CCP.
Haley has been involved with the hospital’s mental health unit for 35 years.
“In addition to the care we provide at AVH, we work with a variety of community partners to help people continue in a positive direction long after they’ve left the hospital,” Haley stated.
According to the California Healthcare Foundation, nearly one in six adults in California has a mental health need, and approximately one in 20 suffers from a serious mental illness. The Antelope Valley has a particularly high incidence of depression and an above-average suicide rate.
“These statistics underscore the need for mental health services right here in our community, a role that AVH has been proud to play for the past 45 years and into the future,” noted Haley.
[Information via news release from Antelope Valley Hospital.]