There is a nationwide crisis of individuals suffering behavioral emergencies, who now average one in seven cases seen in US hospital emergency departments (EDs) — where patients become stuck ‘boarding’, untreated, for long hours, even days, in EDs, waiting for an elusive inpatient psychiatric bed. Fortunately, a cost-effective, patient-centric, safe and efficient solution has been developed, the EmPATH unit (Emergency Psychiatric Assessment, Treatment and Healing unit). EmPATH units, an extension of the ED, typically stabilize and discharge 75% of patients within 24 hours who traditionally would have been held for admission to inpatient care. In EmPATH, the need for coercive measures like physical restraints and forcible injections are minimal, and patient satisfaction is very high, while recidivism is decreased. The physician who pioneered these units will present a precise description of EmPATH, its amazing peer-reviewed outcomes, and how these programs can be implemented in any size or shape hospital, whether urban or rural, academic or community.