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Crisis Stabilization Unit

Crisis Stabilization Unit

The Providence Center’s Crisis Stabilization Unit provides short-term care for patients experiencing an acute psychiatric and/or substance use crisis that could escalate to a point of requiring hospitalization. As an alternative to hospitalization or as a step-down for a transition between levels of care, the CSU’s services focus on stabilizing clients and addresses their mental health and substance use needs.

The CSU is staffed with a highly skilled team of psychiatrists, nurses, clinicians and case managers specializing in mental health and substance use crisis intervention. Patient-focused, recovery-based services utilize a variety of modalities in addition to traditional therapies.

Contact Information

Crisis Stabilization Unit
360 Duncan Drive
Providence, RI 02906

The Crisis Stabilization Unit is located on the campus of Butler Hospital.

For referrals, call the Crisis Stabilization Unit directly at (401) 383-5150, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Referrals are accepted from emergency rooms, inpatient facilities and behavioral health providers. The CSU staff will conduct comprehensive assessments to determine appropriate admissions. 

Our Services and Therapies Include:

  • Individualized treatment planning based on patient’s needs, goals and strengths
  • Individual and group therapy (groups on topics like maintaining wellness, coping skills, goal setting and more)
  • Substance use and mental health education
  • Crisis intervention and resolution
  • Case management
  • Biopsychosocial assessment and psychiatric evaluation
  • Medication management
  • Comprehensive discharge planning that addresses the patient’s needs for continued recovery
  • Access to primary care at Providence Community Health Centers at North Main
  • Identifying recovery supports at Anchor Recovery Community Center
  • Peer recovery specialists to help patients stay engaged in treatment
  • Discharge planning

Exclusionary Criteria

The individual must be free from:
  • Suicidal/homicidal intent
  • Unstable medical conditions
  • Possibility of becoming physically violent
The individual must be:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Voluntarily agree to be admitted to CSU
  • Have the capability to remain in an unlocked facility