PROFILE OF A COMPREHENSIVE
PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY PROGRAM IN A
NEW YORK CITY MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL
Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D., and James Rivera, Psy.D.
This paper proﬁles the services provided, and the patient population treated, in
a busy inner city Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) lo-
cated in Elmhurst, Queens, New York City. For each CPEP component, includ-
ing the emergency room, extended observation unit and crisis services two years
of data are reviewed. A diagnostic proﬁle of patients seen, description of services,
patient referrals and dispositions are presented. The children and adolescents
treated in the CPEP are described in more detail, focusing on the high frequency
of violence to self or others seen in their presenting problems. The CPEP’s role
in providing comprehensive community based services is discussed.
Elmhurst Hospital Center Psychiatric Emergency Program
(CPEP) is located in Western Queens, New York City. It is the
psychiatric emergency service of Elmhurst Hospital Center, a 563
bed community hospital, which includes 133 inpatient psychiatric
beds and a large outpatient behavioral health program. As a
Dr. Sullivan is Clinical Associate Professor, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and
Director of Psychiatry, Elmhurst Hospital Center. Dr. Rivera is Director, Com-
munity Options Program, Elmhurst Hospital Center.
Address correspondence to Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D., Director of Psychiatry,
Elmhurst Hospital Center, 79-01 Broadway—Room: D10-35, Elmhurst, NY
PSYCHIATRIC QUARTERLY, Vol. 71, No. 2, Summer 2000
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