Are you or is someone you know experiencing a crisis? The good news is that there are several ways to get help.
Anyone living in western North Carolina can our toll-free, 24/7 Access to Care Line at 1-800-849-6127. Your call is confidential. You will speak with a trained professional who can provide immediate crisis intervention by telephone and arrange a face-to-face assessment for Vaya Health members.
For individuals who are hearing-impaired, dial 711 to reach NC Relay.
Please note: If you have a medical or life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency department immediately.
What is a crisis?
People experience different crisis situations due to mental health, substance use or intellectual/developmental disability needs. You or your loved one may be:
• Suicidal or having suicidal thoughts
• Thinking about hurting him/herself or someone else
• Having trouble knowing what is real and not real
• Experiencing severe distress due to alcohol or drug use or from withdrawal
• Displaying uncontrollable behavior
• Not able to take care of basis health and safety needs
How do I get help in a crisis?
Fortunately, most crisis situations do not require a trip to the emergency department. In addition to Vaya’s Access to Care Line at 1-800-849-6127, here are some ways to get crisis and post-stabilization care services.
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If the crisis occurs during the day, and you already have a therapist, psychiatrist or other provider, call your provider to discuss what you are experiencing.
If you cannot reach your provider or you do not have one, and if the crisis is occurring during regular weekday business hours, you may visit a walk-in center near you. These centers, also known as Comprehensive Care Centers, provide same-day services such as assessments, recommendations for care and treatment information.
For 24/7 mobile crisis services, call our Access to Care Line at 1-800-849-6127. Mobile crisis teams come to where you are to provide help.
In Asheville, C3 Comprehensive Care Center at 356 Biltmore Ave. includes a 24/7 behavioral health urgent care center. Known as C3356, the center offers services designed to stabilize people in crisis and begin recovery, including urgent care, treatment and peer support.
Facility-based crisis centers provide 24/7 non-hospital medical services for people at risk of hurting themselves or others due to mental health or substance use needs. They also accept involuntary commitments. Facility-based crisis centers are an important part of helping people get better and develop a plan for treatment after leaving the facility.
Vaya supports facility-based crisis units at the following facilities:
- The Neil Dobbins Center, 356 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
- The Balsam Center, 91 Timberlane Road, Waynesville, NC 28786
- Caldwell C3 Comprehensive Care Center, 2415 Morganton Blvd. SW, Lenoir, NC 28645
- Synergy Recovery, 118 Peace St., North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
These facilities are only available for individuals age 18 and older. However, the region’s first facility-based crisis center for children and adolescents is under development in Asheville.
For more information on facility-based crisis centers or other crisis options, call our Access to Care Line at 1-800-849-6127.