New Local Resource for Youth in Crisis
From mental health crisis to stabilization
Kids and teens having mental health emergencies in Ventura County have a newly-opened resource: the Crisis Stabilization Unit. Previously, youth in crisis ages 6-17 might otherwise have been immediately admitted to psychiatric hospitals. Now the Crisis Stabilization Unit provides the opportunity for intensive assessment and stabilization, which is often all that is needed before returning to the community.
While at the Crisis Stabilization Unit, a comprehensive stabilization team that includes psychiatrists, registered nurses and mental health crisis counselors provide risk assessment, therapeutic activities and aftercare planning with youth and caregivers. Within 24 hours, they will either return home or transfer to a psychiatric hospital if further care is needed.
If your teen or child is having a mental health crisis, call the Ventura County Crisis Team now:
1-866-998-2243 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)