Crisis Stabilization Unit

Hospitals nationally are experiencing extensive hold times for psychiatric patients in the Emergency Department while waiting for an available inpatient bed or safe discharge.  In our area, available inpatient capacity for primary psychiatric care is inadequate and leads to an increased burden on emergency departments to hold these patients while waiting for appropriate inpatient care options.  

In response to this need in our community, in July 2016, Palomar Health opened a new Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) at Palomar Health Downtown Campus, which will relocate to a new area at Palomar Medical Center as we transition through the closure of the Palomar Health Downtown Campus.  The CSU has created an area used specifically for appropriate behavioral health patient populations.  The area helps mitigate risks and allows provision of quiet, safe, supervised care for these vulnerable patients under the direct constant supervision of trained and professional behavioral health staff.  This area also allows space in the emergency department for use by patients seeking emergent care for medical crises.