Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 375–384 | Cite as

“Psychological Boarding” and Community-Based Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization

  • Dhrubodhi MukherjeeEmail author
  • Verletta Saxon
Original Paper


This exploratory paper presents a case study where a community based mental health organization forging a partnership with a local hospital system to establish a crisis stabilization unit (CSU) to address behavioral health emergency care. The study takes a mixed methods case study approach to address two research questions; (a) did this approach reduce the overall length of stay in the hospital emergency departments? (b) What challenges did the taskforce face in implementing this CSU model? The paper shares recommendation from the findings.


Behavioral health emergencies Rural Crisis stabilization Hospital Community 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

There is no conflict of interest in the content presented in this study.

Ethical Approval

This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The institution has assurance on the file with the USDHHS office of Human Research Protection. The Assurance number is 00005334. The protocol number is 14359.

Informed Consent

As per the IRB requirement an informed consent has been obtained from the organization and participant subjects of the program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Work, College of Health and Public ServicesUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.IL Department of Children and Family ServicesChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Office of Education & Transition ServicesOffice of Child Well-BeingChicagoUSA

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