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Crisis stabilization centers

Crisis stabilization centers provide short-term access to emergency psychiatric services for individuals experiencing crisis. These centers often provide constant supervision throughout a person’s stay. Some centers provide care for less than 24 hours, while others provide short-term residential stabilization services. Policies are established that enable law enforcement officers to efficiently transport people in need to the center in lieu of arrest or hospitalization.

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Local Examples

Pima County, AZ Crisis Response Center (CRC) and Tucson Police Department

  • The CRC provides 24/7 access to emergency psychiatric and substance addiction treatment services.
  • The center has a secure, separate entrance for law enforcement to bring people to treatment rather than to the jail, hospital, or other facilities.
  • The center strives to keep check-in time under seven minutes so that law enforcement can return to the field as quickly as possible.
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Madison County, TN Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) and Madison County Sheriff's Office

  • The CSU provides 24/7 access to emergency psychiatric and substance addiction treatment services.
  • Officers can determine whether to transport people directly to the CSU or contact the mobile crisis unit for assistance.
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Type

Program

Measures

1 - Reduce bookings into jail
3 - Increase connection to treatment