• Intensive behavioral treatment in a licensed, highly structured 24 hour-supervised, community-based residential program.
  • For children & adolescents who do not require intensive clinical treatment in an inpatient psychiatric setting and would benefit from a short-term structured stabilization setting.
  • Services to children and adolescents at this level of care include therapy, initial and ongoing assessment, case management, medication management and mobilization of family support and community resources. The ACT team oversees the Children's Crisis Stabilization Unit.
  • The average length of stay is four to six days.
  • Designed to be as home-like as possible effort to foster the transfer of learning on the unit to the child's home environment.
  • Serves as an intervention in crisis situations in which children are at risk replacement outside of the home or placement into a psychiatric hospital.
  • An intensive, short-term residential treatment program aimed at restoring the child to pre-crisis level of functioning.
  • Program focuses upon teaching children in their families the skills necessary to deal with future crisis. This is achieved through the use of intensive individual, group, and family therapy.
Services Include:
  • Initial and Ongoing Assessment
  • Therapy Services
  • Medication Management
  • Case Management
  • Mobilization of Family Support
  • Community Resources
Admission Criteria:
  • Children ages 5-17
  • Voluntary admission (parent and child)
  • Child must be able to contract for safety of self and others
  • Child must be medically stable and require no nursing level of care
  • Free of criminal charges
Target Population:
Examples of children who would be appropriate for placement into the Wood St. CSU include those children who:
  • Are suffering from depression with suicidal ideation
  • Need external structure to regain impulse control
  • Have become psychologically disorganized and are unable to be maintained in home setting
  • Are in a situational crisis and need supportive environment for a short period of time
  • Are rapidly decompensating and at risk for inpatient admission without intervention
  • Are currently hospitalized and whose inpatient stay could be shortened by admission into the program.