Closeup of acute care medicine Provider with Patient in acute psychiatry clinic in Clinic

Acute Psychiatry Services

The Acute Psychiatric Services (APS) center serves those in emotional crisis with 24-hour, seven-day-a-week crisis counseling, assessment, and referral. More than 42,000 calls and drop-in visits each year are handled by the Acute Psychiatric Services staff of psychiatrists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses. The APS is supported by Hennepin County funds and state grants, provides these services to any person in need.


  • 24-hour walk-in crisis intervention and treatment of behavioral emergencies
  • Crisis intervention phone service for assessment, information, and referral for psychiatric emergencies.
  • Treatment of psychiatric emergencies such as acute psychotic conditions, panic states, severe and incapacitating depression, suicidal crisis, danger to others, sudden loss of memory, and situations involving grave mental disability.
  • Community consultation and education on crisis intervention

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline:
988 or
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Acute Psychiatric Services:

Our Treatment Team

Our treatment team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, advanced nurse practitioners, and psychiatric nurses.

Treatment Goals

  • To provide immediate and around-the clock assistance to emotionally disturbed persons.
  • To prevent development of more serious psychiatric disorders by early identification of, and intervention in, potentially hazardous emotional crisis.
  • To offer alternatives to institutionalization and involuntary commitment by providing less costly and less disruptive treatment or, when necessary, voluntary hospitalizations.
  • To provide services which are immediate, accessible, and acceptable. The Acute Psychiatric Services center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with phone and outreach services.