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Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies

The Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies (CPE) is made up of a group of more than 30 national leaders in emergency medicine, psychiatry and patient advocacy who are focused on improving the treatment of psychiatric emergencies for patients and emergency providers. The Coalition is managed by EMF and seeks to improve patient care for psychiatric/behavioral emergencies through collaboration focused specifically on:

  • Developing a continuum of care, to include prevention and aftercare
  • Ensuring education and training for emergency staff who care for patients
  • Improving the treatment experience for patients and staff during a psychiatric emergency
  • Driving improved quality and safety of diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric emergencies
  • Decreasing boarding of psychiatric patients in emergency departments
  • Ensuring adequate funding and resources for treating psychiatric emergencies
  • Advancing the research around psychiatric emergencies

Current Members:

  • American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • American Association for Emergency Psychiatry
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
  • Emergency Nurse Association
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Council on Behavioral Health
  • New Directions Behavioral Health

Support for this Coalition was made possible through support from Teva Pharmaceuticals, Alexza, Galen, Magellan Healthcare and New Directions Behavioral Health.

CPE Resources


The Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies presents two educational pre-conferences at the National Update on Behavioral Emergencies Conference on December 12th, 2018.

The first track is targeted towards those in emergency medicine and focuses on critical knowledge and skills for managing psychiatric emergencies.

Topics include:

  • Advanced Interviewing Techniques,
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Agitation,
  • Deadly Disorders,
  • Suicide Assessment and Management,
  • Assessing Competency,
  • Mitigating Risk,
  • Caring for the Care Providers,
  • and more.

The second track is targeted towards those in psychiatry and focuses on critical knowledge and skills for managing medical emergencies.

Topics include:

  • Medical Triage and Evaluation,
  • Medication-Related Disorders,
  • Substance Intoxication and Overdose,
  • System Management,
  • Special Populations: Geriatric, Pregnant and Pediatric,
  • Common Traumatic Conditions,
  • and more.

To view the full schedule for both tracks, visit the pre-conference website

Early-bird Member Price - $149

Coalition members and members of sponsoring organizations - $149 before December 1st.
Non-Member Price - $249

Contact Loren Rives at with questions.