Also part of the UPMC family:

Psychiatric Emergency Services

The Diagnostic Evaluation Center (DEC) provides emergency and crisis intervention services to people of all ages 24 hours a day, including:

  • Psychiatric emergency and substance abuse evaluations
  • Walk-in crisis therapy
  • Referral to outpatient providers
  • Facilitation of inpatient admissions

Patients visit the DEC with or without a referral from other medical professionals.

Each patient meets a team of psychiatric experts, including a nurse, clinician, and doctor. The team then works with the individual and family to determine the best options for treatment.

Contact Us

For an emergency, please call 412-624-1000
or toll-free 1-877-624-4100.

For more information or to make a referral to Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center), please contact us at 412-246-5619; open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Crisis support services for residents in Allegheny County, call resolve Crisis Services at 1-888-7-YOU CAN
or 1-888-796-8226.