NC-STeP Vision & Goals


The vision of NC-STeP is to assure that if an individual experiencing an acute behavioral health crisis enters an emergency department of a hospital anywhere in the state of North Carolina, s/he receives timely specialized psychiatric treatment through this program.


  • Reduce patient lengths of stay in hospital emergency departments (reduce psych holds to less than 48 hrs.)
  • Reduce number of Involuntary Commitments (IVC) by eliminating unnecessary admissions
  • Improve patient transition to aftercare and reduce ED recidivism
  • Increase efficiency and reduce costs