The Orange County Board of Supervisors will consider an agenda item at next week’s Board of Supervisors meeting to approve 12 recliners for College Hospital’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU). These recliners will be in addition to the already existing 15 recliners at a CSU in Santa Ana. These allow for individuals who are a danger to themselves, a danger to others or gravely disabled due to a mental health disorder to be placed in the CSU while awaiting treatment at the College Hospital in Costa Mesa.
“Making sure that our hospitals are provided with the best tools to care for patients that are suffering from mental health disorders while awaiting treatment is of the utmost importance for Orange County health facilities,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel. “This new Crisis Stabilization Unit gives our healthcare professionals what they need to provide that care. It will also be a big help for caring for our homeless population who are all too often suffering from mental health disorders.”
College Hospital’s CSU is a locked facility that relies upon designation in order to accept individuals on involuntary holds. Crisis Stabilization Units act as emergency rooms for mental health emergencies. These facilities have psychiatric professionals on hand, an appropriate environment with beds and reclining chairs for treatment, and appropriate privacy.