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Crisis Stabilization

Our Crisis Stabilization Program provides community-based, short-term detoxification and mental health crisis stabilization in a residential setting.  We believe that serving people in their community and in the least restrictive setting promotes and helps to sustain long term recovery.  This program is an alternative to placement in an acute inpatient facility, with the average annual length of stay for all individuals not to exceed 8 days.

  • Psychiatric Medical Assessment
    Crisis Assessment, Support and Intervention
    Medically Monitored Residential Substance Detoxification
    Daily Physician Assessments
    24 Hour Nursing Care
    Medication Administration, Management and Monitoring
    Brief Individual, Group and Family Counseling
    Discharge/Aftercare planning with referrals to further aftercare treatment
  • Age 18 or over

    Non-combative and ability to stabilize within at least seven days

    Ambulatory and able to perform activities of daily living

    Consumer does not require IV, oxygen, or catheter care

    Free of infectious disease requiring isolation procedures, i.e., open wounds, etc.

    Must be in acute psychiatric or addictive disease crisis requiring 24-hour supervision for detoxification from alcohol and other drugs or stabilization from a mental health disorder with a DSM IV diagnosis

    Crisis Stabilization Physicians’ approval after assessment of consumers’ medical and psychiatric appropriateness for this residential level of care

  • Three strategic locations cover our service area with a total of 74 beds.

    • Ann H. Davies, LCSW, Director, Crisis Stabilization Units (C) 706-280-7558, (C) 706-459-1252, (W) 706-270-5107, or E-mail: anndavies@highlandrivers.org

    Residential Treatment Unit CSU/30 Beds/Polk County

    180 Wateroak Drive
    Cedartown, GA  30125
    770/748-0030 – Phone Number
    770/748-4418 – Fax Number

    Rome CSU/16 Beds/Floyd County

    1 Woodbine Ave
    Rome, GA 30165
    706/314-0019 – Phone Number
    706/314-0343 – Fax Number

    Treatment Services CSU/28 Beds/Whitfield County

    900 Shugart Road
    Dalton, GA 30720
    706/270-5107 – Phone Number
    706/270-5102 – Fax Number

  • A.     All Emergency Departments will be asked to send a copy of their Emergency Department Discharge Note or the EMTALA Transfer form, signed by the physician treating the consumer, stating that the consumer is medically stable upon referral of individual to the Crisis Stabilization Units, along with receipt of the completed pre-admission referral form (PARF).

    B.    All Hospitals referring individuals directly to the Crisis Units from a Medical Floor will be asked to send a copy of the physician signed Discharge Note or the EMTALA Transfer form, stating that the consumer is medically stable, upon referral to the Residential Crisis Stabilization Unit, along with receipt of the completed pre-admission referral form (PARF).

    C.    The medical decision for all admissions lies with the Crisis Stabilization Physicians who will make the final decision as to whether the individual is medically stable and clinically appropriate psychiatrically for this residential level of care.

    D.    All individuals should arrive within a reasonable time period (not to exceed, in most cases, six (6) hours of admission order received) so as to ensure our admissions process is not delayed for other potential consumers. Please let our CSUs know if there are extenuating circumstances that would postpone the transfer for a limited time period beyond the 6 hours for any exceptions.

FAQ

  • What are Adult Crisis Stabilization Units?

    Highland Rivers Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs) provide short-term detoxification and mental health crisis stabilization in a Residential setting, providing a less restrictive alternative to an acute inpatient facility, with the average annual length of stay for all consumers not to exceed 8 days.
        The Crisis Stabilization Units are licensed by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities as Residential Detoxification Programs, not to exceed services described in ASAM Level 111.7, and Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Programs, not to exceed services as described in LOCUS Level 6, and the CSUs serve as Involuntary Emergency Receiving and Evaluation Facilities.
            Nursing care is provided twenty-four (24) hours each day, with physician coverage in the facility daily. While limited medical coverage is available, the Crisis Stabilization Units are residential facilities, and are not capable of providing the level of medical and nursing care of a General Hospital or a General Hospital Psychiatric Unit (Please see attached detailed CSU Admission and Exclusionary Criteria).
          • Where are Highland Rivers Adult Crisis Stabilization Units located?

            Highland Rivers Crisis Stabilization Units operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in three strategic locations:
                Residential Treatment Unit CSU/30 Beds/Polk County 180 Wateroak Drive Cedartown, GA 30125 770/748-0030 – Phone Number 770/748-4418 – Fax Number
                    Rome CSU/16 Beds/Floyd County 1 Woodbine Ave Rome, GA 30165 706/314-0019 – Phone Number 706/314-0343 – Fax Number
                        Treatment Services CSU/28 Beds/Whitfield County 900 Shugart Road Dalton, GA 30720 706/270-5107 – Phone Number 706/270-5102 – Fax Number
                      • Who are the Crisis Stabilization Units Management Team?

                        The Adult Crisis Stabilization Units Management Team includes:
                            Ann H. Davies, LCSW Director, Crisis Stabilization Units (C) 706-280-7558, (C) 706-459-1252, (W) 706-270-5107, (H) 706-272-4781 or E-mail: anndavies@highlandrivers.org
                                Treatment Services, Dalton / Whitfield County
                                    Ujwal Siddamreddy, MD Medical Director (W) 706-270-5107, (C) 706-581-7940 or E-mail: drreddy@highlandrivers.org
                                        Steve Sisson, RN Nurse Administrator (W) 706-270-5107, (C) 706-618-7334, or E-mail: stevesisson@highlandrivers.org
                                            Residential Treatment Unit, Cedartown / Polk County
                                                Nizammuddin Khaja, MD Medical Director (W) 770-748-0030, (C) 404-788-9441 or E-mail: drkhaja@highlandrivers.org
                                                    Sherrie Dunaway, RN Nurse Manager (W) 770-748-0030, (C) 706-252-4184 or E-mail: sherriedunaway@highlandrivers.org
                                                        Rome Crisis Stabilization Unit / Floyd County
                                                            Joseph Seal, MD Medical Director, (W) 706-314-0019, (C) 229-977-2658 or E-mail: drseal@highlandrivers.org
                                                                Penny S. Payne, RN Nurse Manager, (W) 706-314-0019, (C) 706-767-0458 or E-Mail: pennypayne@highlandrivers.org
                                                              • How do you access the Highland Rivers' Crisis Stabilization Units?

                                                                For Emergency Departments and other Referrals: Admissions to Highland Rivers Crisis Stabilization Units are received through Behavioral Health Link (BHL). You may contact them by calling 800-493-1932. BHL will facilitate appropriate placement of your referral to the closest Crisis Unit with an available bed in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Region I area. Our goal is to expedite referrals in less than two hours after medical clearance from any Emergency Department.
                                                                    Please call the Crisis Stabilization Units anytime, 24 hours a day, if you have a question about referrals, or need to speak to our Director, or one of the CSU Physicians or Nursing Managers or Charge Nurse.

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