Stanislaus County Crisis Stabilization Unit


1904 Richland Avenue
Ceres, California  95307

About Stanislaus County Crisis Stabilization Unit

At the Stanislaus County Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU), we are here to help you find relief from distress and assist you in maintaining stability in your life.

We believe recovery starts from within, and that our job is to do whatever it takes to help you cope with crisis and gain skills to deal with your challenges more effectively. We have a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, psychiatric prescribers, nursing staff, and peer specialists who are all here to help you on your path. 

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Our services emphasize choice-making skills and harm-reduction techniques. We provide a safe, respectful environment where you can receive immediate, individualized assistance and a compassionate presence to stabilize symptoms, avoid the need for higher levels of care, and receive appropriate referrals to community-based resources. 

Your recovery plan starts with you. Upon arrival, a diverse clinical team will provide an individualized assessment and work with you every step of the way to resolve your current crisis in ways that support your goals in life. 

Chairs: 4
Population Served: Adults 18+ who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness and have been referred to the CSU trhough the county's CERT team.
Funded By: Stanislaus County Behavioral Health Department.

Services at Stanislaus CSU

The CSU offers a variety of services that can help you get the support you need so you can go home within 24 hours or access other appropriate  services that meet your needs. Services include: 

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Support and counseling
  • Medication assessment as needed
  • Referrals to appropriate services
  • Brief education regarding symptoms and coping skills

Accessing CSU Services

If you or a family member needs emergency mental health services, you can contact Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services: Community Emergency Response Team CERT at 209-558-4600. You will  receive a screening by CERT staff to determine needs and eligibility.

  • If the crisis warrants the need for inpatient service, CERT staff will arrange for the necessary steps needed for admission into an inpatient psychiatric facility.
  • If the crisis is serious but may resolve within 24 hours of structured assessment and care, CERT may arrange for admission to the CSU.

Office Hours

Open 24-hours, 7 days per week Length of stay is up to 24 hours

Admission Criteria

  • Serves adults age 18+
  • Must be a resident of Stanislaus County
  • Must be referred through the county’s CERT team
  • Must be medically stable
  • Voluntary or 5150 status

Exclusion Criteria

Medical care for consumers sent to the CSU should not exceed that which would be expected in an outpatient setting.

Our Story 

The CSU was created to offer adults suffering mental health crisis a safe, structured place to get effective assessment and support outside of the emergency room environment.  We hope to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and help people get back to their community with appropriate support within 24 hours or less.

About Telecare

Telecare is a family- and employee-owned company that has been treating individuals with serious mental illness since 1965. We specialize in innovative, outcomes-driven services for high-risk individuals with complex needs. Our programs are recovery-focused and clinically effective and are designed in partnership with local, county, state and other behavioral health organizations.