Crisis Stabilization Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the emergency mental health and substance abuse needs of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. The Childrens Crisis Stabilization Unit is a 4-bed, non-hospital, inpatient mental health unit that provides brief voluntary and involuntary evaluation and treatment for individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis who meet the criteria defined under the Florida Mental Health Act.
Children in a psychiatric crisis may be experiencing:
severe depression and/or anxiety
stress or trauma
bizarre or threatening behavior
drug or alcohol abuse
physical, emotional or sexual abuse
family and interpersonal conflicts
work or school related crisis
breaks with reality
Evaluations are performed by a team of behavioral healthcare professionals trained in risk assessment and crisis intervention evaluations. Children who may be in danger of harming themselves or others can be admitted under the Baker Act law. The David Lawrence Center is the Baker Act Receiving Facility for Collier County. Referrals can come from parents, law enforcement, local hospital, physicians, the school system and other concerned parties.