SalusCare has been working non-stop since Hurricane Ian’s landfall on September 28 to restore the crisis stabilization unit at our Colonial Campus. They are pleased to share that SalusCare’s Adult and Children’s Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) will be reopening and accepting admissions beginning 8 am on Monday, May 15.
What does reopening mean for the community?
Children experiencing a mental health crisis will be able to stay in Lee County to receive treatment. While the CSU was closed, kids who were being held under a Baker Act were forced to stay in a local hospital or sent out of county for their crisis stabilization. With the CSU back open, the 16 bed children’s crisis unit will resume accepting admissions.
Up to 30 adults can receive crisis stabilization at one time in the unit. During much of last year, SalusCare operated at a reduced capacity. They are now back to full capacity, which will assist in easing burdens on our local healthcare systems and law enforcement.
Crisis Stabilization Services are a vital component in treatment, and now, again, they can offer our full continuum of care. More than 2400+ of our family, friends and neighbors suffering from a mental health emergency will be able to receive life-saving psychiatric stabilization services. Some of the staff who have been displaced since the storm will be able to return to the jobs they love in a newly renovated building.
What does this mean for you?
SalusCare counts on partner agencies and referring physicians to help meet the growing mental and behavioral health needs of the community.
No one is ever denied access to services at SalusCare due to an inability to pay. SalusCare serves an average of 12,000 to 14,000 patients annually, with over 50% receiving treatment through the sliding scale based on family income. In addition, 65% of patients served are uninsured, underinsured or indigent. Of insured patients, half are Medicaid (MMA), and half have private insurance.
On behalf of staff and Board of Directors, SalusCare thanks their partners for their support and understanding as they have navigated these challenges and hopes they can continue to count on the community for referrals, advocacy and support as they rebuild facilities and financial strength. Visit SalusCareFlorida.org to donate.