Crisis Stabilization Units: A Better Place Than Jail for Arkansans With Mental Illnesses

February 11, 2021

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In his column in the January-February 2021 issue of the Arkansas Healthcare Journal, ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson discusses Arkansas’s four crisis stabilizations units (CSUs). Located in Sebastian, Pulaski, Washington, and Craighead counties, the CSUs are 24-hour, 16-bed facilities where people experiencing mental health crises can, instead of being taken to jails or hospitals, receive stabilizing treatment from mental health professionals during stays of up to 72 hours.

In the column, Dr. Thompson summarizes findings from analyses conducted by ACHI, including a finding that among people treated at the Sebastian County CSU during its first year of operation, overall jail involvement decreased after CSU intervention.

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