San Bernardino Expands Access to Behavioral Health Crisis Centers

San Bernardino Expands Access to Behavioral Health Crisis Centers

San Bernardino

Beginning last month and continuing through August 14, the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health celebrated a series of grand openings for Behavioral Health Crisis Centers.

Five new Crisis Residential Treatment centers (CRTs) and Crisis Stabilization Unit centers (CRUs) will provide effective, less-restrictive alternatives to inpatient hospitalizations or incarcerations for those facing mental health crises. The centers were opened in the communities of Fontana, San Bernardino, Joshua Tree, and Victorville. A sixth facility, a CRT located in San Bernardino, opened last September. The locations offer behavioral health services in a home-like environment. 

CRTs are voluntary, 16-bed centers that will provide short-term, recovery-based treatment options, services and interventions in a home-like setting for up to 90 days. The CSUs will provide immediate voluntary, outpatient crisis stabilization services for up to 23 hours to individuals as an alternative to placement in a hospital.

Each CSU has 20 beds, 16 for adults and four for adolescents. Services such as medication support, individual and group therapy, case management, referrals and community resources will provide continued support. The facilities will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to create additional access for individuals and families to receive intervention and stabilization services following a psychiatric crisis.

The new centers include Windsor Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU), 1481 North Windsor Ave., San Bernardino; Merrill Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU), 14677 Merrill Ave., Fontana; Morongo Oasis Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT), 60805 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree; Desert Hill Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT), 16552 Sunhill Dr., Victorville; Wellsprings Crisis Residential Treatment (CRT), 15217 San Bernardino Ave., Fontana.

Veronica Kelley, Director of San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health said, “We look forward to partnering with the community to ensure residents are aware of these locations that will provide valuable, life-saving services.”

For more information call 909-388-0801 or dial 7-1-1 for TTY users.

Header Photo: Grand opening of Behavioral Health Crisis Center in Victorville. (Courtesy photo)

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