Wisconsin youth crisis stabilization facilities provide supports and services in a residential setting of no more than eight beds at earlier stages of a mental health struggle before more intensive, costly, and restrictive interventions are required.
Young people (ages 17 and under) may stay for up to 30 days—though most stays are only a few days in length—to recover from their distress.
Lad Lake Masana
Girls ages 13-17
Call 414-750-6109 (referrals only)
North Central Health Care
Boys and girls ages 17 and under
Call 715-845-4326 (referrals only)
The Wisconsin Community Services youth crisis stabilization facility in Milwaukee closed August 31, 2023.
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Youth who stay at a youth crisis stabilization facility receive care from a team of trained professionals. This team provides immediate counseling and assistance to help avert an emergency and prevent the person in mental health crisis from being placed in a higher level of care. This team also collaborates with the client's support system, including their family, school, and other service providers, to ensure the client's mental health needs are met when they return home.
Youth crisis stabilization facilities also serve youth discharged from an inpatient setting who are in need of lower level care before they return home.
Rules and regulations
- Wisconsin Stat. § 51.42 - Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities
- Wisconsin Admin. Code ch. DHS 50 - Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities
Youth crisis stabilization facilities are certified by DHS under Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 50. There is a two step process to obtain initial certification.
Complete and submit the following form to the Division of Care and Treatment and Services: Request for Approval: Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities Certification Application, F-02595 (Word)
Know your rights
There are rules to ensure the privacy and dignity of people receiving services at a youth crisis stabilization facility are protected. Learn more about Wisconsin's client rights law.