Crisis Stabilization

Crisis Stabilization Unit

Advantage Pavilion for Behavioral Health 
240 Mitchell Bridge Road, Athens, GA, 30606


The Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is a 30-bed unit offering short-term residential stabilization services for individuals with psychiatric and/or substance abuse disorders. Individuals are accepted on a voluntary or an involuntary basis. The average length of stay for the program is eight calendar days.

The target population served in the CSU is adult (age 18 and older) with severe and persistent mental illness, persons with substance-related disorders and persons with co-occurring mental health and substance-use needs.

Emancipated minors and juveniles who are age 17 may be served within the unit when their needs for stabilization can be met by the CSU, when they do not need specialized child and adolescent services, and their life circumstances demonstrate they are more appropriately served in an adult environment. Admission of an emancipated minor must be approved by the Medical Director of the CSU.

The program operates 24 hours a day with staff that includes a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, nurses, clinicians, technicians and operational support staff. The CSU is able to designate one transitional bed as separate from the crisis residential beds. Clients occupying the transitional bed may stay in the program beyond eight days and are must be engaged in services and activities that are geared toward their transition into the community.

Because this is not a medical facility, emergent or urgent medical conditions cannot be evaluated or treated. Although the CSU is secured, it is not a forensic unit. CSU will not deter admission to the unit based solely on law enforcement hold statuses. Individuals with a recent history of violence or aggressive behavior will not be admitted.

Services (all under the direction of a psychiatrist) to clients include:

  • Assessment
  • Medication evaluation and adjustment
  • Group training
  • 12 step meetings and support groups
  • Client and Family Education (includes psychiatric illness, substance abuse, medications, wellness recovery and relapse prevention)
  • Discharge planning, including referrals/linkage to community based services (including assertive community treatment, community recovery supports, case management, psychosocial rehabilitation, or peer support as well as referrals to other services such as outpatient clinics and programs, the public health department, and the Department of Family and Children’s Services, and long-term residential facilities)