|A rendering of the new CPEP Annex at Stony Brook University Hospital.
STONY BROOK, NY, June 14, 2010 – With more than 150
in attendance including faculty, staff and community members, Stony
Brook University Medical Center (SBUMC) broke ground on its new
Comprehensive Emergency Psychiatric Program (CPEP) Annex, a 10,000
square foot state-of-the-art patient care facility that will replace
2,050 square feet of outdated space. The new space will be located
adjacent to the Emergency Room on the east side of the Medical Center,
and is expected to be complete by fall of 2011.
SBUMC’s CPEP provides hospital-based, round-the-clock, daily
emergency psychiatric care. The program provides an organized system
for responding to psychiatric emergencies for evaluation, intervention,
treatment and referral for individuals who need emergency psychiatric
evaluation or treatment.
The staff is comprised of specially trained psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and nursing assistants who are committed to providing
the best emergency psychiatric care.
|Breaking ground for the new CPEP Annex at Stony Brook University Medical Center are, from left, Art Flescher, Suffolk County Department of Health Services, Dr. Peter Baigent, Vice President of Student Affairs at Stony Brook University, Robert E. Detor, President & CEO, South Oaks Hospital, Dr. Mark Sedler, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and CPEP Director, Dr. Steven L. Strongwater, CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital, Robin Krajewski, NYS Office of Mental Health, John Kennedy, Suffolk County Legislator, and Dr. James L. Tomarken, Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
“The new CPEP Annex will help to meet a growing demand for
psychiatric services in Suffolk County and will triple the patient care
space available in the existing facility, which has 6,000 visits
annually,” said Dr. Mark Sedler, Chairman of the Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Stony Brook. “The new CPEP design
emphasizes an enhanced psychiatric care environment to meet the needs
of our patients.”
Those with a shovel to participate in the official groundbreaking
ceremony were Dr. Steven L. Strongwater, CEO, of Stony Brook University
Hospital, Dr. Mark Sedler, MPH, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and
CPEP Director, John Kennedy, Suffolk County Legislator, Robin
Krajewski, NYS Office of Mental Health, Art Flescher, Suffolk County
Department of Health Services, Dr. Peter Baigent, Vice President of
Student Affairs at Stony Brook University, Robert E. Detor, President
& CEO, South Oaks Hospital, and James L. Tomarken, MD, MSW, MPH,
MBA, FRCPC, FACP, Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of
Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP)
At Stony Brook University Medical Center
Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP)
Stony Brook University Medical Center
Mark Sedler, MD, MPH, Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry
24/7, 365; 94 clinical providers including physicians, nurses, social workers.
Approximately 6,000 annually
2,050 square feet – Clinical space
10,000 square feet – Annex
Expected date of completion
- The Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at Stony
Brook is a clinical program of the Stony Brook University Medical
- Mark Sedler, MD, MPH is the Director of CPEP. Dr. Sedler is
Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at
Stony Brook University.
- The Stony Brook CPEP is one of 18 CPEPs in New York licensed by the
New York State Office of Mental Health pursuant to § 9.40 of the New
York State Mental Hygiene Law.
- CPEP was established in 1989 for the purpose of improving emergency psychiatric services in Suffolk County.
- The function of CPEP is to provide a psychiatric assessment, crisis
intervention and acute treatment where indicated, and to arrive at a
disposition which may include admission to an inpatient psychiatric
service at SBUH or another community facility, or referral to a variety
of outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs. Referrals
for housing and other social services are also provided where needed.
- CPEP is staffed 24/7, 365 days of the year by the medical staff of
the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, and by specially
trained nurses, social workers and therapy aides employed by the
- There are 19 board certified psychiatrists, 24 psychiatry
residents, 43 nursing staff, 8 social work staff, and other trainees
assigned at various times to the CPEP. The current annual hospital
budget for the CPEP is approximately $2,200,000.
- CPEP evaluates and treats approximately five to six thousand patients a year.
- Approximately 20% of patients seen in CPEP are under 18 years of age. Approximately 4% are 65 or older.
- About a fourth of patients seen in CPEP are admitted to an
inpatient hospital service, either at Stony Brook University Hospital
or in one of the other hospitals in the region.
- In most cases, a decision about whether or not to admit the patient
for psychiatric care is made within a few hours. In some cases patients
may be admitted to extended observation beds in CPEP for up to 72 hours
in order to provide a more extensive evaluation.
- CPEP is the central receiving and triage point for all persons with
mental illness detained by the Suffolk County Police Department, by
local municipal police, or transported by the Sheriff’s Department.
- The current CPEP occupies 2,050 square feet of clinical space
adjacent to the hospital’s emergency room. A new annex of
approximately 10,000 square feet will be built, of which 5,140 will be
devoted to clinical use by CPEP.
- The hospital’s governing body has approved $7,649,212 for the total project. The budget for construction is $5,346,435.
- Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2010 and to be complete in the late summer or fall of 2011.
The new CPEP will include:
o A new “fast track” program with private waiting area and physician office
o Dedicated family waiting area and triage desk
o Conference room
o Separation between adult and pediatric patients with distinct entry, separate milieus, and family rooms
o 3 double rooms and 4 single rooms for housing patients during
extended observation; multiple shower and bathroom facilities
o A separate entrance for police-escorted patients and a police waiting area
o 2 patient interview rooms for greater throughput
An overview of the state-wide CPEP program is available in the New
York State Office of Mental Health 2007 Annual Report to the Governor
and Legislature of New York State on Comprehensive Psychiatric
Emergency Programs at http://bit.ly/97qlr6.