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Crisis Stabilization

What to Bring with You

All medications prescribed by physician.

Two changes of clothing and toiletries for a three day stay. Personal belongings are subject to search for the safety of self, staff, and other residents.

Cigarettes. Smoking is not permitted on the unit. Individuals may smoke outside at designated times per staff discretion and supervision.

Insurance cards (if applicable).

Adult Criteria

Must be 18 years of age.

May have a diagnosis of a serious mental illness and/or experiencing a situational crisis that appears to have the potential to deteriorate without intervention.

May be experiencing suicidal/homicidal ideation with the ability to sign a no harm contract.

Must be able to perform all ADL’S

Must be medically stable and able to administer meds to self, including injections.

Must have medication in its original container and/or pharmacy issued prescription bottle, or samples accompanied by a prescription or doctor’s order on how to administer medications.

May be discharging from a psychiatric facility and require continued assistance in a less restrictive environment.

Must be a voluntary candidate and willing to be compliant with the ACSU program and house rules.

This service is limited to individuals with severe mental illness who need additional support within the community to access necessary resources such as food, clothing, housing, medical care, and entitlement benefits. Available in all counties.


Crisis assessment and recommendation – The Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit is available 24 hour per day to provide crisis intervention in the form of assessment and recommendation. Staff will collect information and consult with licensed or certified clinicians to determine the most appropriate action to be taken

Brief crisis stabilization (1-7 days) – Clients admitted to the CCSU may receive a brief respite from the crisis situation to allow the tense situation to settle down for only a few days, or several days of observation and assessment after which family or team meetings can process recommendations for aftercare.

Intensive assessment / treatment (7-30 days) – Juveniles in need of quick and intense treatment to avoid home removal and family disruption may stay for several weeks during which time they will receive intensive therapy (daily), group and milieu treatment and 24 hour monitoring and observation. Often transient issues can be resolved during these stays.

Placement and linking to other resources – The CCSU can assist parents and other providers in accessing services through other programs or placement options.

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