The Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) opened in 2014 and provides youth and families a safe, structured, child-friendly and family supportive environment. The CSU was created in conjunction with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to evaluate and triage children and youth (ages 6-17) who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis.
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Why is the CSU Program Necessary?
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. Twenty-six percent of San Francisco students reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks, while 13 percent said they had "seriously considered" attempting suicide. Nine percent reported at least one attempt in that time period. These statistics represent children from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.
Currently, most children in crisis situations are brought to Adult Emergency Departments or other emergency facilities not prepared to manage children experiencing a non-medical, emotional crisis.
Edgewood's trained staff specializes in serving children and families and is a natural fit to offer more child-focused evaluation and intervention in a family-friendly setting.
About the CSU
The Crisis Stabilization Unit is designed to assess and stabilize youth who are experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms. The CSU team, in conjunction with the family, determines the most appropriate disposition and facilitates discharge and safety planning.
In addition, the CSU is also a receiving center for youth already placed on a psychiatric hold for further assessment and stabilization, as well as coordination of hospitalization when indicated.
The CSU has become a critical service for the children, youth, and families of San Francisco.