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Crisis Stabilization

Crisis Stabilization services involve direct interventions that provide temporary, intensive services and supports that avert emergency, psychiatric hospitalization or institutional placement of individuals who are experiencing serious psychiatric or behavioral problems that jeopardize their current community living situation. Crisis stabilization services shall include, as appropriate, neuropsychological, psychiatric, psychological and other functional assessments and stabilization techniques, medication management and monitoring, behavior assessment and support, and intensive care coordination with other agencies and providers. This service is designed to stabilize the individual and strengthen the current living situation so that the individual remains in the community during and beyond the crisis period.

These services shall be provided to:

  1. Assist planning and delivery of services and supports to enable the individual to remain in the community;
  2. Train family members, other care givers, and service providers in supports to maintain the individual in the community; and
  3. Provide temporary crisis supervision to ensure the safety of the individual and others.


Admission Criteria

In order to receive crisis stabilization services, the individual must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. The individual is experiencing marked reduction in psychiatric, adaptive, or behavioral functioning.
  2. The individual is experiencing extreme increase in emotional distress;
  3. The individual needs continuous intervention to maintain stability; or
  4. The individual is causing harm to self or others.


The individual must be at risk of at least one of the following:

  1. Psychiatric hospitalization;
  2. Emergency ICF/IID placement;
  3. Disruption of community status (living arrangement, day placement, or school); or
  4. Causing harm to self or others.