Crisis stabilization is focused on individuals ages 5 or older who are experiencing an acute crisis of a psychiatric nature that may jeopardize the current living situation. The goals of this service are to prevent hospitalization and establish community stabilization, safety plans, etc.
Services are authorized for up to a 15-day period per crisis episode following a face-to-face intake and may be provided up to 15 consecutive days in each episode, or up to 60 days annually.
In order to be eligible for crisis stabilization services, one must meet two of the following criteria:
- Experiencing difficulty in establishing and maintaining normal interpersonal relationships to a degree that one is at risk of hospitalization, homelessness or isolation from social supports.
- Experiencing difficulty in activities of daily living, such as hygiene, food preparation or managing finances to the degree that health or safety is jeopardized.
- Inappropriate behavior that necessitate immediate interventions by mental health, social services or the judicial system.
- Difficulty in cognitive ability. For example, one is unable to recognize personal danger or recognize significantly inappropriate social behavior.