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Project Description:

The Regional Crisis Stabilization program opened in April of 2012 and is the result of a collaborative effort between Aurora Residential Alternatives, Inc. (ARA) and the Western Region Recovery and Wellness Consortium. The program is operated as a state licensed, four-bed Adult Family Home located in rural Chippewa County. Services provided meet the requirements established under DHS 34 for Optional Crisis Stabilization Services. The home is staffed by two individuals, 24 hours per day, with additional support and service provided by a Certified Peer Support Specialist. The home’s program statement allows for services that are both diversionary as well as transitional.

The primary goal of the Regional Crisis Stabilization program is to assist individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis by providing services in a community based setting, thereby decreasing the need for more restrictive inpatient care.

An integral component to the services provided through crisis stabilization is the use of Peer Support. The primary role of the Peer Specialist at the Crisis Stabilization program has been the development of an individualized Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). The Peer Specialist meets with individuals to finish the WRAP development after discharge in the community. The Peer Specialist then makes follow –up phone calls about 1 to 2 weeks after discharge to follow up on progress and linkage.

The goal of the Regional Crisis Stabilization Program is to provide linkage to both community based services and natural supports. This linkage process is person centered and individualized. It is a joint effort by the staff at the Crisis House, County personnel and the individual. Individuals can begin the process of getting connected to services in their home county while they are at the crisis stabilization program by researching resources, scheduling appointments etc. Some individuals utilizing the crisis house already have established services. If consumers have established services, then the goal is to assist in making follow-up appointments and re-establishing a connection with the provider.

Counties Involved:

  • Barron
  • Chippewa
  • Dunn
  • Eau Claire
  • Pepin
  • Pierce
  • Polk
  • St. Croix

Contact Person:

Jill Mattson

Aurora Community Services

Phone: 715-835-9202


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