Exploring Mobile Aftercare for Crisis Stabilization Units used after a Law Enforcement Citizen Encounter
| Author: Carrie Pettus, Rachel Fulmer, Shelby Pederson
As public receiving facilities, CSUs offer a critical non-refusal option for law enforcement, meaning they are obligated to accept individuals brought under an emergency involuntary psychiatric hold. This CSU policy offers an important alternative to arrest for law enforcement, who often encounter individuals experiencing these types of crises. Research indicates that law enforcement often has repeat contact with individuals experiencing mental health and substance-related crises and that a history of interaction with the criminal justice system is common in the typical CSU patient.