Short-Term Crisis Stabilization

Northern Rivers Family of Services is proud to introduce a new short-term community-based treatment program for youth ages 12–17 years experiencing a period of acute stress, mental health, or psychiatric crisis that requires a 24/7 staff-secured (unlocked) treatment setting. The program’s primary goal is to stabilize a crisis situation to prevent the unnecessary use of a hospital emergency room or a hospital admission. As a youth’s crisis stabilizes, the program develops a plan of care to address underlying difficulties that led to the crisis, including making referrals for needed treatment supports and services for both the youth and the family.


  • Short-term specialized crisis care in a nonhospital setting.
  • Dedicated 5-bed facility in new state-of-the-art building designed specifically to meet the needs of youth and families dealing with behavioral health challenges.
  • Comprehensive wraparound services, supports, care management, and community linkages all based in the facility (via warm hand off).
  • A quick, safe return home with a plan and supports for long-term success.
  • A step down from hospital level of care for a youth who is in stable condition but needs time to access needed home and community-based services.


  • Our treatment model provides every client with the following:
  • Comprehensive screening and assessments with a specific focus on crisis planning and prevention.
  • Therapeutic services including crisis counseling for the youth and the family or caregiver, medication management and training, and skill building.
  • Care coordination, including case management, referrals, and telemental health for continuity of care with existing providers.


Our program is a highly specialized service designed for individuals with specific needs and challenges. To be admitted, a youth needs to meet all of the following:

  • Be between the ages of 12 and 17 at admission.
  • Demonstrate symptomatology consistent with a DSM-V diagnosis, which requires and can reasonably be expected to respond to short-term therapeutic intervention.
  • Be experiencing emotional or behavioral problems, not sufficiently stable, either emotionally or behaviorally, and not have appropriate family situation and functioning levels to be treated outside of a highly structured, 24/7 therapeutic environment.