Crisis Stabilization Unit


Hospitals locally and nationally have seen an increase in behavioral health patients in the Emergency Departments, creating longer wait times and overcrowding. The number of psychiatric patients needing hospital care is greater than the number of hospital beds available, leading to many being kept in Emergency Rooms waiting to be admitted.

In response to this need in our community, Palomar Health opened a Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) at Palomar Medical Center Escondido for patients needing immediate care for a medical crisis, but not requiring direct admission into the hospital. This short-term facility is specifically designed to help appropriate behavioral health patients get the care needed in a quiet, safe environment. Specially trained staff help relieve crisis symptoms in a relaxing setting and assist the patients to the appropriate next level of care, or a safe return home.

The CSU moved to a new facility in July 2020 at the Palomar Medical Center Escondido campus. This new facility offers expanded services and helps decrease the number of patients in our Emergency Departments.

Do you have questions about Palomar Center for Behavioral Health at Palomar Health in North San Diego County? For more information, contact us.

These services are proudly funded in part by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.