Mental Health Crisis Services

(Warren County Residents)

One in five children and adolescents in the United States has a mental health condition significant enough to interfere in their ability to learn and succeed in school while participating in normal daily activities. Once mental health issues are suspected, it is important to seek appropriate help.

Early identification and intervention can prevent problems such as school failure, disruptive or destructive behavior, substance abuse, violence, depression and hopelessness - even suicide.

Many families deal with these concerns – you are not alone. Help is available.

The Mental Health Crisis Hotline and Emergency Services (877) 695-6333 (NEED)

            The Crisis Hotline provides phone response to children and families in crisis 24 hour, 7 days a week. The definition of “crisis” is determined by the caller. The Crisis Hotline staff links callers to local mental health services and hospital care when needed.

Cincinnati Children’s Psychiatric Intake Resource Center (513) 636-4124

            The Psychiatric Intake Resource Center provides triage services with the goal of keeping children and their families in the community and out of the hospital unless necessary.

Crisis Care (Samaritan Behavior Health Care - Dayton) (937) 224-4646

            Crisis Care is a county-wide crisis and assessment service provider available 24 hours a day, seven days. Crisis Care services any person in Montgomery County who needs crisis, suicide prevention, or substance abuse services and/or evaluation for hospitalization. Crisis Care also provides 24 hour/day non-crisis telephone counseling, 7am-7pm emergency mental health intervention services, and mobile crisis services. 

Warren County Emergency 9-1-1 OR Montgomery County Emergency 9-1-1

            The caller will be connected to a central dispatch center and then routed to the appropriate emergency service provider.

Young Children’s Assessment and Treatment Services (YCATS) (937) 734-8333

Samaritan Behavioral Health – Dayton, OH

            This is a medically supervised children’s mental health program offered by Samaritan Behavioral Health for children from birth through kindergarten and their families. It includes diagnostic, treatment, and preventative services and which may include intensive group services.

For a list of local independent and major Mental Health Care providers who can assist you in receiving appropriate and helpful mental health services, please see the Warren County and SW Ohio Directories located further down the list of resources on this webpage. You are not alone. There is help.

Warning Signs of Mental Health Stress or Crisis

It’s important to note that some of these signs and symptoms may occur as part of a child or adolescent’s normal development. If you are not certain if you should seek help for a child or youth in your care, contact a professional from your school mental health team or the child’s family physician (if you are the parent or guardian) for guidance. Though mental health problems can be difficult to identify in children, here are some signs and symptoms to look for:

Signs in Thinking

  • Persistent nightmares
  • Unusual thoughts or beliefs
  • Thoughts that race too fast
  • Unusually poor concentration or inability to focus attention
  • Hearing voices that cannot be explained
  • Thinking that life is too hard or has no meaning
  • Suicidal thoughts

Signs in Feelings

  • Unusual anger
  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Sense of agitation and uneasiness
  • Extreme fear
  • Sense of worthlessness and guilt
  • Loss of interest in things he or she usually enjoys
  • Lack of remorse or guilt when others are hurt

Signs in Behaviors

  • Decrease in school performance or being ready to learn
  • Sudden changes in behavior or appearance
  • Unexplained changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Frequent crying or angry overreaction to small things
  • Avoidance of family and friends
  • Hyperactivity or fidgeting
  • Frequent breaking of rules or getting in trouble with the law
  • Use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Threats of self-harm or violence or violent behavior
  • Dangerous, destructive or life-threatening behaviors 


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