The new Crisis Stabilization Unit was officially opened yesterday at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Located near the Emergency room the C-S-U is designed to handle the increasing number of patients arriving at the hospital who need mental health services.
Dr. Brian Evans , Hospital Vice President of Medical Affairs, says the Crisis Stabilization Unit will offer a safe place for patients with behavioral health issues to go to be assessed and keep them out of the emergency room.
The Crisis Stabilization Unit is a space where behavioral health specialists can determine if a patient needs to be transferred to a psychiatric hospital or if they would respond well to local outpatient intervention services.
Nevada County Director of Health and Human Services, Michael Heggarty says the CSU offers improvement on many levels.
The new Crisis Stabilization Unit is the result of a collaboration between the County and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Board of Supervisors Chair, Ed Scofield says it would not have been possible without grant funding.
The CSU is located in a new building just outside the Emergency room at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
Supervisor Ed Scofield and SNMH CEO Kathy Medeiros at Ribbon cutting ceremony for new Crisis Stabilization Unit.