Children’s Crisis Screening

The crisis screening program provides timely assessments for at-risk children who are experiencing acute, chronic or severe disturbances. Once assessed for need, services which maybe arranged through this point of entry include short-term crisis intervention/stabilization, case management, residential care, short- or long-term hospitalization, or any other mental health program available in the community or at The Guidance Center.


Symptoms/behaviors warranting an immediate crisis screening include:

  • Suicidal or homicidal threats or attempts
  • Psychotic behavior or symptoms
  • Extremely aggressive behavior toward others
  • Significant pattern of running away or out-of-control behavior
  • Recent discovery of physical or sexual abuse
  • Significant depression
  • Destruction of property


The patient must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 17 or younger
  • Medicaid, MI Child, or uninsured
  • Membership in the CareLink network
  • Wayne County residency
  • Have a parent or legal guardian (with court papers) present to sign consent form
  • Not under the influence of substances at the time of screening


This service is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, including weekends and holidays.

If you are currently receiving behavioral health services at The Guidance Center and have an urgent need to speak to someone after office hours, please call 734-785-7700.
If you are not currently receiving behavioral health services at The Guidance Center, please call the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network at 800-241-4949.


For more information contact:

  • Children’s Crisis Screening Supervisor, 734-785-7705 x7272
  • Children’s Crisis Screener, 734-785-7705 x7805
  • After-hours crisis, 800-241-4949
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