The Crisis Stabilization Bed Program offered by Thresholds Homes and Supports in Guelph offers 2 beds for individuals residing in the Wellington County catchment area who are 18 years of age and older and are experiencing a mental health crisis.
These Crisis Stabilization Beds are located at Dunara House, one of seven (7 ) congregate living homes owned and operated by Thresholds Homes and Supports. This unique space offers individuals an opportunity/choice to participate in the residential program daily routines, including morning check-in, daily physical activities, support group(s) held either in-house or in the community, music groups, and most of the other daily living activities that make up the residential program. Stays in the Crisis Stabilization Bed Program are voluntary and each individual agrees to follow program expectations.
Short-Term Crisis Stays
Short-term crisis stabilization beds are available to provide 24-hour support to individuals who need assistance to manage their crisis. The length of stay for Crisis Stabilization is determined based on individual need and is re-evaluated regularly during an individual’s stay. The average length of stay is approximately five (5) days. Admission to the program occurs on the same day that the initial telephone screening is completed. The Crisis Stabilization Bed Program does not maintain a waitlist for beds.
Individuals access stabilization beds for various reasons, such as to receive emotional support in times of crisis, as an alternative to a hospital stay, or as a transitional step home after a hospital stay. Core services provided in the Crisis Stabilization Bed Programs include:
- Crisis de-escalation and support
- Safety planning
- Developing/updating crisis plans
- Supportive listening
- Medication support
- Referrals and linkages to appropriate community supports
- Partnerships with other service providers, families, and support networks
- Completion of Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN), including self-assessment
- 3-day check-in to review goal progress and to set the discharge date
Planned Crisis Stabilization Stays
Referrals for planned stays must be received a minimum of fourteen (14) days in advance. Only individuals with prior Crisis Stabilization stays may request a planned stay. Common reasons an individual may request a planned stay are:
- To provide relief for a caregiver;
- When the caregiver is going away, or;
- Due to an upcoming event that causes stress/crisis.
In order to meet the needs of the community, only one (1) planned crisis stabilization stay can be approved at a time. Requests or planned stays with less than fourteen (14) days notice are considered “urgent planned stabilization stays” and are approved at the discretion of the Program Manager. Length of stay of planned crisis stabilization stays is not re-evaluated as the length of stay is set prior to admission; planned stays are no longer than fourteen (14) days.