In collaboration with its sister affiliates, the Fox River Valley Initiative (FRVI) achieved a significant milestone by effectively influencing Governor Pritzker to enhance Medicaid funding for Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) services. Thanks to the approved Medicaid funding, FRVI took the initiative to connect with the Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Mercy Hospital, resulting in a valuable partnership aimed at establishing a CSU within their facilities. By utilizing its expertise and influence, FRVI played a pivotal role in securing additional funds, enabling Ascension Mercy to open a CSU earlier this year.
A Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) serves as a crucial haven for individuals undergoing a mental health crisis, providing round-the-clock assistance. It is a viable alternative to confinement in correctional facilities or enduring lengthy waits in hospital emergency rooms that lack essential behavioral services. It is important to note that incarcerating individuals suffering from mental health conditions is an exceedingly costly endeavor, with expenses reaching five times higher than the provision of adequate mental health treatment.
Establishing a CSU helps address the immediate needs of individuals grappling with mental health challenges and works towards alleviating the burden on the criminal justice system. By offering timely and appropriate care, CSUs contribute to the well-being of individuals in crisis and the community.