St. Joseph Orphanage has a long history of providing crisis and short term residential treatment. The Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) has been in operation since 1995 and provides a safe, therapeutic living environment to assist children and adolescents who display moderate to severe emotional or mental health concerns or who have become a risk to their own safety or the safety of others.
The Crisis Stabilization Unit serves youth ages 5-17. Length of stay averages from 5 to 30 days, however longer term care options are available.
Safety of the child and others is essential and our therapeutic milieu provides the structure, consistency and predictability needed when treating children with acute behavioral/emotional concerns. A structured daily routine, behavior modification system based on positive reinforcement, built-in opportunities to practice alternative, and supportive staff are all key components to our success.
CSU Services Include:
- Mental health diagnostic assessments
- Case Management(CPST) and treatment team coordination
- Individual therapy
- Special Education on-site
- Day Treatment programming provided by our Therapeutic Group Leaders, promoting pro-social self-management skills (self expression, healthy management strategies of feelings, strategies to improve family and peer relationships, etc.);
- Psychopharmacological management and medication education by Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses, including 60 days of medication or prescriptions post discharge. Medical assessment and connection to community resources by a Pediatrician, Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
- Active and continuous staff supervision at all times, focusing on at-moment skill development
- High level of involvement of families, natural support systems, community volunteers, legal guardians, and community partners.
Other Residential Options