Adult Crisis Stabilization Facility (ACSF)

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Who to call

Who to call

Who to call

An Overview

North Central Health Care’s Adult Crisis Stabilization Facility is the first step in life-changing care and treatment for adults experiencing a mental health crisis. The program provides 24-hour care in a warm and welcoming setting. The Adult Crisis Stabilization program provides short-term, voluntary, therapeutic interventions to reduce and stabilize a person’s crisis and link them to other resources and supports.

An individual’s length of stay depends their needs. Services are designed to be short-term, approximately 3-5 days and can include a variety of skill-building and psychoeducational groups, staff instructed activities, individual meetings with a case worker and referral services.>

What is a Crisis?

A crisis is whatever an individual, family or group feels is a crisis at the time. Crisis situations can take many forms. Some situations may include:>

  • Feeling overwhelmed, depressed, helpless, hopeless or unable to cope with difficult situations in their life
  • Talking about or attempting suicide
  • Bullying or threats of violence
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Difficulties at school or work
  • Other mental health emergencies

Admission & Discharge

Crisis Professionals assess each person’s needs and determine eligibility for admission to the Adult Crisis Stabilization Facility. Payment for the stabilization services can be billed to the individual’s insurance or based on ability to pay.

If the Adult Crisis Stabilization Facility is deemed appropriate and an individual wishes to stay, they will be welcomed and acclimated to the unit. Each adult and situation are treated uniquely based on individual circumstances.

Once settled in, individuals can start participating in programming supported by our Behavioral Health Professionals, a nurse, and peer specialist. Our professionals will work with each client to create a discharge plan that addressees safety and connects them to resources for ongoing treatment and support.


Adult Crisis Stabilization offers a variety of services to develop a personalized treatment and success plan for each individual’s needs.

  • Screening & Referral
  • Assessment
  • Treatment Planning
  • Treatment Services>
  • Transportation
  • Safety Planning
  • Crisis Planning
  • Care Coordination>
  • Discharge Planning

Programming & Activities

Adult Crisis Stabilization offers a variety of programming to support mental, emotional and physical well-being. Our multidisciplinary team schedules each individual daily for appropriate activities including the following:

  • Psychoeducation
  • Social Work Sessions
  • Recreation Time
  • Leisure Time
  • Health & Wellness Groups
  • Outdoor Time
  • Mindfulness
  • Goal Planning
  • Life Skills

Most admissions to the ADULT Crisis Stabilization Facility will be referred through the Crisis Center. 1.800.799.0122 or 715.845.4326
1150 Lake View Drive • Wausau, WI 54403| No appointment necessary.