Stabilization Services


Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)

Community Healthlink's Crisis Stabilization Units are located in Worcester and Leominster. These community-based units provide short-term therapeutic psychiatric treatment in a structured environment with 24-hour observation and supervision and individualized treatment interventions focused on the crisis and crisis resolution.

The CSU accepts referrals from UMass Emergency Mental Health Services (EMH), 8 East, PTC, and CHL’s own Emergency Services Program, as well as other area inpatient facilities or emergency departments with an evaluation and client history completed by a qualified clinician prior to admission. The CSU may be used as a diversion to prevent a hospitalization or as a step-down immediately following a psychiatric hospital discharge to assist the client in transitioning back to the community.

The unit receives admissions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, depending on bed availability for clients who do not need hospital level of care and meet the unit's admission criteria. The population includes both men and women who are at least 18 years of age.