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Child Priority Response Services

Through contracts with the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services, DGS offers Child Priority Response Services which include a 24-hour crisis hot line, community & school crisis intervention, and short-term crisis stabilization.

Children and adolescents under the age of 18 who live in Delaware are eligible for crisis intervention services if:

  • Their primary caretakers are requesting emergency psychiatric hospitalization;
  • They are exhibiting acute self destructiveness which may include recent suicide attempts or exposure of self to circumstances that could impair the client's health or quality of life;
  • They are presenting imminent danger to others due to aggressive behavior, gestures or threats related to serious emotional disturbance and/or mental illness; or
  • They are exhibiting symptoms of severe psychiatric disorder such as thought disorders and major affective disorders.
Crisi Serives
SAFETY Program

DGS clinicians provide enhanced services for children and youth who are identified as being at risk for suicide including assessments, safety planning, family and individual counseling, and referrals to appropriate services. This program is funded through an award to the State of Delaware from the Garett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grants.

CRISIS HOT-LINE:  800-969-HELP (4357)
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