Mental Health: Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities

A mental health crisis can be difficult for an individual and their family. Youth crisis stabilization facilities provide a safe, supervised place where youth can de-escalate from their mental health crisis, begin the healing process, and learn coping strategies to reduce the likelihood of future mental health crisis situations.

A mental health crisis can take many forms. Generally, a mental health crisis is a situation that the person or their loved ones are unable to resolve without the help of trained professionals. People who experience a mental health crisis may feel very afraid of the world around them, be overwhelmed by negative emotions, and/or out of control. A mental health crisis does not always mean someone is a danger to themselves or others.

Youth crisis stabilization facilities provide residential care and treatment to people ages 17 and under. Staff stabilize the mental health crisis and lay out a plan for keeping everyone safe.


Milwaukee: Call 414-610-4109 or email

Facilities in Wausau and Ashland are expected to open soon.

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Information for families

Youth crisis stabilization facilities operating in Wisconsin have eight or fewer beds. Stays are short term. Some youth may stay up to 30 days.

Youth 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.

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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.

Last Revised: March 8, 2021