Crisis Stabilization Unit
Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is an emergency behavioral healthcare alternative. It provides persons with an acute behavioral health problem with prompt action, gentle response and effective support in a respectful environment.
Why a Crisis Stabilization Unit?
Many people experiencing a crisis caused by an acute psychiatric or addiction disorder seek hospital emergency room care. Because persons with a psychiatric or addiction disorder may not show visible signs of injury or illness, they often suffer when competing for the attention of emergency room staff treating other critically ill patients.
How the CSU works
The Crisis Stabilization Unit provides a less restrictive, less costly alternative to hospitalization. CSU clients have immediate access to clinicians and referral assistance for a broad range of other community services as needed. Length of stay varies based on individual needs but is generally a four to ten days.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, psychiatrists, and other behavioral health professionals provide assessment to determine appropriate level of care. Team members provide support, including psychiatric care, medication, and counseling, for stabilization of the crisis.
Services may include the following based on individual needs:
• Psychiatric evaluation
• Psychosocial assessment
• Health history and assessment
• Medication management
• Individual and group counseling
• Education on psychiatric and addiction disorders
• Education on professional and self help alternatives
• Referral for continuing care following crisis resolution
• Referral to other community services as needed