Huxtable said the MCAT initiative predates Bassett’s proposal to close the inpatient psychiatry unit. MCAT already runs a successful program in Herkimer and Oneida counties, she said, and in 2012, MCAT’s services kept 92 percent of adult clients and 94 percent of children out of the hospitals.
Matt said she and other mental health professionals recently have been meeting or communicating with law enforcement, ambulance companies, county departments and A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta, and Bassett staff to prepare for the June 1 change to the MCAT program.
MCAT also is designed to provide more outreach to patients and their relatives, Matt said.
Bassett has applied to other programs pertaining to providing mental health services, including the Vital Access Provider, to expand community-based outpatient psychiatry services.