healthcarequarterlyAspenPointe’s new Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) opened its doors today, Dec. 1, at 115 S. Parkside Drive, with a celebration between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The event featured presentations on this community service by AspenPointe leadership and a representative from the state of Colorado’s Office of Behavioral Health.

After the theater shooting in Aurora, Gov. John Hickenlooper set into motion a plan to improve mental health capabilities in the state. The $10.3 million plan includes a statewide crisis hotline and mental health crisis stabilization units across the state to help bridge the gap that currently exists in the care for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

AspenPointe’s CSU is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available for people of all ages, regardless of ability to pay. CSU patients have immediate access to licensed professional counselors, peer specialists and care coordinators and referral assistance for a broad range of other community services as needed.

Many people struggling with a mental illness can be treated at the center and returned to the community without the need for inpatient treatment. The more quickly someone receives treatment, the less likely his or her condition will worsen.

The CSU offers a less-restrictive alternative to hospitalization and provides timely de-escalation, early intervention and patient stabilization to prevent the need for higher levels of care.

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Those who are experiencing a mental health crisis or know someone in need of mental health crisis services should call 844-493-TALK (8255) or consult AspenPointe.