3027-17: Creation and Implementation of a Crisis Stabilization Service in a Community Safety Net Hospital in Chicago, IL

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3027-17: Creation and Implementation of a Crisis Stabilization Service in a Community Safety Net Hospital in Chicago, IL

Sinai Health Systems developed a Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)  in response to escalating boarding times in the ED of patients with mental health (MH) issues, and a lack of community resources for MH care. This session explores the development, successes and challenges experiences throughout the process.


Presenters:  Evelyn J. Norton, DNP, APRN, PMNP-BC; David J. Martucci, BSN, MS, MBA Candidate

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation.


Session Length:
  42 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. List and identify admission criteria for Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) psychiatric patients.
  2. Compare the psychiatric observation/crisis stabilization models.
  3. Examine a (CSU) in one hospital, and the successes and challenges to date, and future plans for the project.

Keywords: Crisis Stabilization Unit, Observation, Mental Illness, Emergency Department, Substance Use Disorder


Continuing Nursing Education:
0.75 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 31st Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona
Friday, October 20, 2017
2:45pm - 3:30pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2019

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