Admission Criteria


We will admit individuals to one of our Crisis Stabilization Houses (CSH) who meet all of these criteria:

  1. Milwaukee County residents who are 18 years of age or older and voluntarily agreeing to services.
  2. Ambulatory with the ability to independently negotiate stairs and evacuate the house in two minutes.
  3. Currently experiencing a behavioral health crisis that is expected to resolve with crisis intervention, or people returning to the community following hospitalization.
  4. Psychiatrically stable to reside and communicate with others, which may include a roommate.
  5. Non-violent, free from seclusion/restraints, or continuous supervision for a period of no less than 48 hours prior to admission. This includes the absence of extensive self­harming behaviors.
  6. Medication adherent.
  7. Has a mental health diagnosis and low acute risk/non-imminent risk of self-harm or harm to others.
  8. Free of acute or uncontrolled medical needs and free from communicable infectious diseases.
  9. Able to manage medical needs independently as well as activities of daily living (ADLs).
  10. Individuals with co-occurring needs must be willing to abstain from alcohol and drug use while residing at CSH. Individuals must also be involved in clinically appropriate treatment per their substance use and not be a risk to self or others.
  11. CSH is a substance free Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) licensed under DHS 83. It is structured for temporary (not permanent) housing; hence, there is to be absence of all drugs, alcohol, or any non-prescribed substances (even over the counter items such as CBD products).
  12. Individuals prescribed Suboxone or Methadone must be approved for admission by the Crisis Services Medical Director. The details of the Suboxone or Methadone provider must be confirmed prior to consideration, furthermore, compliance with these Medically Assisted Treatments (MAT) are required for admission and stay at CSH.
  13. Complete Clinical Assessment and Biopsychosocial Assessment.
  14. If based on the Clinical & Biopsychosocial assessments completed by our clinical staff, a determination is made that CSH is not the appropriate level of care, our staff will review the assessment with the Medical Director and our clinical team. We will document in our Electronic Health Record (EHR) system why the individual would not be clinically appropriate for CSH. If the individual is not accepted to CSH, our staff will consult with the referral source to provide resources to meet the individual’s identified needs.

Note: Once a client has been admitted, they will not be discharged without appropriate discharge planning to transition the client to a safe environment.