Crisis Stabilization Unit for youth opens in Oxnard

OXNARD, Calif. – More than 100 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the County’s latest improvement of mental health services. The David Holmboe Center houses the youth Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) and will eventually be home to the short-term residential treatment program named COMPASS.

The CSU serves youth ages 6 to 17 who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The eight-bed facility operates around the clock to meet the needs of patients who can be stabilized in less than 24 hours. Youth who are admitted to the CSU receive a comprehensive multidisciplinary risk assessment to evaluate what level of care they need. They then participate in assessment and stabilization activities with trained crisis counselors, clinicians and nurses.

The COMPASS program will be phased in over time and is designed to provide voluntary residential treatment for minors who cannot be stabilized within 24 hours, but do not meet the criteria for psychiatric hospitalization.

The need for the CSU is real. Every year hundreds of youth are placed on involuntary holds, assessed in psychiatric units, admitted to emergency rooms or encountered by law enforcement agencies. The CSU will help children and families during the most difficult times of their lives with caring and compassion.

The facility was officially christened as the David Holmboe Center at the event. Holmboe was chair of the Ventura County Behavioral Health Advisory Board until his passing in 2015. The honor recognizes Holmboe’s service to the County and his dedication to the cause of mental health for children.

The Holmboe Center will be run by a private contractor, Seneca, which specializes in operating crisis stabilization outpatient services, and overseen by the Behavioral Health Department. It is located on North Ventura Road in Oxnard.

Photo (L to R): Supervisor Steve Bennett, Supervisor Kelly Long, Behavioral Health Director Elaine Crandall, Mebe Holmboe, Supervisor John Zaragoza, Katherine West (Seneca), Alicia Hooten (Seneca) and Supervisor Linda Parks.

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