The Council on Accreditation (COA) presents the Innovative Practices Award to spotlight organizations that bring lasting change to the lives of vulnerable individuals through unique, forward-thinking initiatives. This year, our life-saving Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) will be named runner-up for this national honor at the annual COA Conference in New York City.
The CSU opened in 2012 in partnership with Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) Region IV as the first facility of its kind in Central Virginia, providing treatment for children in mental health crisis across 23 localities. Since then, the CSU has served more than 500 children and diverted nearly 90% from costly, unnecessary hospitalization.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 1 in 5 children in the United States ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness. Yet for many, hospitalization for mental illness can be associated with a sense of shame. The Villa’s CSU is designed to actively engage children and their families, find what will truly help them in the midst of crisis, and link them to community resources based on their expressed needs.
Find out more about how the CSU is keeping families in tact.