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Crisis Stabilization Program

In 2007, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) created the Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Program as part of new funding through the Virginia Systems Transformation Initiative. The Initiative was launched by former Governor Mark Warner and funded by the 2006 Virginia General Assembly.

RACSBs Crisis Stabilization Program became operational on January 3, 2007 and welcomed its first residents two days later. This program is a safe, therapeutic residential program for adults experiencing acute psychiatric crisis. Individuals can stay for up to 15 consecutive days per psychiatric episode. The current six-bed facility is located at 1512 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg and has served nearly 300 individuals.

In May 2008, RACSB announced plans for The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery, a proposed 12-bed community-based residential facility, which will be funded by a $2 million grant from Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. The new 5,900-square-foot residential facility will be located at 615 and 617 Wolfe Street in Fredericksburg. The donation will also be used to renovate the existing building currently owned by RACSB at 818 Lafayette Boulevard for use as an eight-bed long-term group home for adults with serious mental illness.

The Fredericksburg City Council approved RACSBs application for a special use permit for The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery at its September 9, 2008 meeting. This new building will replace the six-bed residential crisis stabilization facility on Princess Anne Street, which does not contain adequate space to meet the growing demand for services.

The goals of the Crisis Stabilization Program are to:

  • serve as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization (in acute crisis);

  • be a step-down transition from inpatient psychiatric care;

  • divert persons with mental illness from jail; and

  • provide respite services.

Services provided include:

  • 24-hour supervision;

  • psychiatric assessment, treatment planning, and referral;

  • medication evaluation, education, and management;

  • assistance with self-care issues (including symptom and behavior management);

  • individual and group counseling; and

  • discharge planning.

Services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, counselors, nurses, and qualified mental health providers.

600 Jackson Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401 540-373-3223 Fax: 540-371-3753 www.racsb.state.va.us

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