Crisis Stabilization Houses

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Are you experiencing a mental health crisis?  CALL 988! 

Dear Visitor,

Milwaukee Crisis Stabilization Houses (CSH) provide services to adults with mental health, substance use, and co­occurring needs who are in need of stabilization, medication monitoring, and clinical support as an alternative to inpatient stabilization. CSH allow for continued stabilization and recovery in a least restrictive community based setting that provides support for individuals who are in need.

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, daily functioning and ability to relate to others. Mental illness doesn’t develop because of a person’s character or intelligence. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, a mental illness is a disorder of the brain that can make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life. No one is to blame—not the person and not the family.

Currently, there are no blood tests or tissue samples that can definitively diagnose mental illnesses. Diagnoses are based on clinical observations of behavior in the person and reports from those close to the person. Symptoms vary from one person to another, and each person responds differently, which complicates getting an accurate diagnosis.

The most common mental illness diagnoses include depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, but there are many others. Regardless of the diagnosis, symptoms can be similar and can overlap, especially in times of crisis.

A mental health crisis is any situation in which a person’s behavior puts them at risk of hurting themselves or others and/or prevents them from being able to care for themselves or function effectively in the community. The situation is caused by the individual’s apparent mental disorder which results in a high level of stress or anxiety for them, for persons providing care for them or for the public which cannot be resolved by the available coping methods of the individual or by the efforts of those providing ordinary care or support for the individual.  Many things can lead to a mental health crisis.

At Milwaukee Crisis Stabilization Houses our goal is to provide short term crisis intervention services of between 60 to 90 days (but in no event more than 6 months) to persons experiencing a mental health crisis.  The expectation is that the crisis will stabilize with our intervention.  We are not equipped to provide care and treatment for long term chronic and persistent psychiatric problems.

Patricia M. Faulhaber, RN, MSN

Executive Vice President/COO

Disclosure: The discussion of mental illness in the above letter was excerpted from NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness


The programs and services provided by our agency, as described herein, are subsidized by the Milwaukee Country Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). In addition to significant financial support, DHHS also provide our agency with advice and guidance pertaining to program development, quality assurance, compliance, and related matters.