By Marianne Curtis
It has been six months since the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in Steinbach opened its doors and the facility has already been put to good use.
Debbie Enns, Southern Regional Health Authority acting Mental Health Program Manager says the facility is getting used.
“There is definitely a need for this facility here,” stated Enns. “People come here for support and to work on achieving goals so they can get past their crisis and feel better supported once they leave.”
The Crisis Stabilization Unit opened back in February. It is set up as a short-term community-based setting for up to 8 adults. It provides an environment where people can restore balance in their lives and reconnect to their communities.
The facility located at 450 Main Street is staffed with nurses, social workers and occupational therapists twenty-four hours a day. People needing assistance can check in voluntarily check into the facility. They are assessed, discussions are held and options are presented to the individual.
In addition there are eight available beds that allow a recovery period of a couple of days as a client needs. On average five of these beds are taken at any given time. In the past, residents were forced to leave the community to receive help either in Selkirk or Winnipeg. If beds were not available they were forced to head into the hospital emergency room for treatment.
“If we had come along sooner we could have avoided some of these admissions,” added Enns. “Here people can get back into their community and home environment much sooner.”
The Crisis Stabilization Unit is open to all residents in the southeast. Services are available to anyone experiencing an emotional/life crisis, such as relationship difficulties, overwhelming stress, a significant loss, increased sadness, or hopelessness. Professional support such as: focused counseling sessions with 24/7 services available; group sessions (educational, skill-based, treatment support); links to other relevant health and services; and follow-up upon return to their home in community are all available to clients seeking assistance.
South Eastman Health’s Community Mental Health Program has been offering a range of crisis response services since 1995. Services at 450 Main adds responsive, flexible treatment tailored to individual needs.