Residential Crisis

Residential Crisis Services are alternatives to inpatient hospitalization. Participants can continue to go to school, work and other activities while receiving 24 hour supports from mental health professionals.

In the Residential Crisis Program at Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc., we believe that people need to be met where they are at when they are in psychiatric crises. Being able to remain in the community while receiving increased support is essential for someone recovering from mental illness. It allows clients to continue to live their lives including going to work, meeting with their outpatient providers, attending day programs, and spending time with family and friends; all while receiving medication adjustments, counseling, and 24 hour support. Crisis staff and clients work with the prescribers to adjust medications in order to decrease symptoms and achieve psychiatric stabilization. Our houses are staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, with at least 2 staff members.

The program was the subject of a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) sponsored research study comparing the treatment and cost effectiveness of the program with that of a psychiatric ward of a local hospital. The study demonstrated that the Residential Crisis Services hospital alternative is equally effective treatment at less than one-third of the cost.

When someone enters the program for Residential Crisis, they can expect:

  • One-on-one counseling with crisis staff to help identify triggers, coping skills, short term goals for recovery, and prevention of subsequent crises.
  • Help with creating a step-by-step plan to achieve recovery-related goals.
  • Collaboration with internal and external providers for continuity of care.
  • Medication monitoring and education.
  • Groups focused on increasing socialization, symptom management, and medication education.
  • Activities including trips, games, movies, cooking with staff and with peers.
  • Alumni visits for additional support and to share success.
  • Phone support to alumni and community members who are in crisis.

We use a multitude of models in order to individually tailor a person’s treatment to meet their needs. This includes a strengths based, client focused approach and integration of components of CBT and DBT as appropriate.

Apply for Residential Crisis Services

or call 301-674-9701