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Many people experiencing a psychiatric emergency are seen at a hospital Emergency Room. Because psychiatric patients generally do not show visible signs of injury or illness, they often suffer when competing for the attention and concern of staff that are treating other critically ill patients. A Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is an emergency mental health resource. It allows patients to receive prompt action, gentle response and effective support in a respectful environment.
How CSU Works
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week a multi-disciplinary team of RN’s, LPN’s, social workers, psychologists, mental health professionals and a psychiatrist provide assessment and evaluation to best determine an appropriate level of care for individuals with mental illness, mental retardation, and/or substance abuse issues. Our philosophy is to provide the best care to the individual while utilizing the existing support systems in the community.
Team members evaluate and stabilize the crisis, and make referrals to the most appropriate level of care. Psychiatric consultation and medication are available when necessary.
The Crisis Stabilization Unit provides a cost effective alternative to hospitalization with a focus on retaining connections to family and community. The unit offers 4 beds for adults. Clients staying in the Crisis Stabilization Unit have immediate access to clinicians and to a broad range of community programs. Length of stay is flexible to meet individual needs.
Services may include all/or portions of the following:
Post Hospital Stabilization Program
Post hospital stabilizations (step-downs) are designed to better assist people transitioning from an inpatient psychiatric unit to their community with continued support and resources. As part of quality community treatment, the CSU can monitor stabilization and reintegrate people back into their community. Hospitals may contact Crisis Services for a referral to the CSU once the person has reached CSU level of care and is medically stable.
Why CSU Works
People that have a mental illness (which can sometimes be compounded by substance abuse), require focused treatment for success. We treat everyone based on their individual needs and recognize that people with co-occurring disorders need to have integrated treatment. We also recognize that people are different and need to be treated accordingly.
People with co-occurring disorders often have multiple providers to meet their needs. The CSU uses a treatment team approach and makes every effort to communicate with providers for initial education and support on nutrition, coping skills, signs and symptoms of relapse, relapse prevention, and education about medications.
Professionals work with clients to help design plans of action to prevent future crises with education and support on nutrition, coping skills, signs and symptoms of relapse, relapse prevention, and education about medications symptom management, medication education, and the use of community resources. Family involvement in the treatment process is encouraged. A vital function of this program is to ensure that residents are linked to appropriate services and supports when they return to their homes.
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