Crisis Stabilization Services For Dallas Teens
BasePoint Academy Offers Crisis Stabilization Led by an Experienced Team With Tools & Resources to Diffuse a Teen Mental Health Crisis
What Can A Crisis Look Like?
A teen crisis requires compassion and expertise. At BasePoint Academy, our teams are equipped with the tools and resources required to diffuse or de-escalate a teen mental health crisis, take the pressure off caregivers, guardians, and family members, and turn to a qualified and expert team for short-term crisis relief.
Crisis Stabilization Services For Dallas Teens
At BasePoint Academy, we understand that adversity is part of the human experience. Our treatment process provides teens with specific coping strategies and effective ways to minimize the impact that triggers and stressors have on their overall well-being.
However, even with support, a teen may be exposed to an intensified trigger, unhealthy influences are introduced or reintroduced, or the teen experiences something new that causes the adversity, trigger, or stressor to reach a crisis level.
Crises can also be triggered by circumstantial life changes such as moving to a new city, starting a new school, losing or gaining a friend group, being introduced to drugs and/or alcohol for the first time, parent/guardian conflict, bullying, making a sports team after a tough tryout, or even gaining the coveted driver’s license. Any or all of these instances can result in a crisis due to the intense emotions felt and unknown life changes that occur during these experiences.
No matter when or how a behavioral health crisis strikes, it is difficult for both teens and families to navigate through it safely.
What Is Crisis Stabilization?
Teen crisis stabilization services are one aspect of short-term mental health treatment. They are intended to prevent or mitigate a permanent response to a psychiatric crisis or behavioral health crisis and reduce acute symptoms of mental health concerns.
Crisis stabilization can assist with immediate crisis intervention and work through the incident with the patient and their family until the danger is averted. The goal of crisis stabilization efforts is to provide teen access to the least restrictive environment possible for their current level of need.
In some severe cases, teens may end up in the emergency room, walk-in urgent care, interact with law enforcement, or display behaviors that place them in immediate danger to themselves or others, which might lead to inpatient hospitalization or inpatient drug rehab for teens.
For most severe cases, the family is given a referral to an inpatient hospitalization. On average, the patient will remain there for 7-14 days, where services provided assist with de-escalating the severity to a level where they are no longer an active danger to themselves or others.
At this point, the continuum of care can be reinstated or shifted to help the patient continue in their recovery with outpatient providers, such as a Partial Hospitalization or Intensive Outpatient Program to support and treat them more consistently. At BasePoint Academy, we are often the next best level of care and can provide continued treatment after hospitalization.
Crisis stabilization does not always mean that your teen needs to be hospitalized. At BasePoint Academy, it is important to understand all aspects of the crisis by utilizing evidence-based assessments and processes to inform our interventions and recommendations.
If you are experiencing these signs and symptoms and noticing increased difficulty completing daily tasks, please call BasePoint Academy today. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call 911 or the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Why Crisis Stabilization Is Important, Especially For Teens
Teens in distress require support from community resources, family, friends, teachers, and providers. By offering crisis stabilization services, we can help reduce or prevent potential tragedies or traumatic events.
Through crisis stabilization efforts, the patient’s immediate needs are addressed. Their thoughts and emotions are validated, and patients gain a sense of control. Throughout the duration of a crisis situation, each of these elements contributes to positive and lasting patient outcomes.
Crisis stabilization efforts are most successful when the teen trusts the providers. The trust of your teen must be earned. At BasePoint Academy, we have hand-picked and diligently trained our staff to expertly and quickly build rapport.
This allows them to effectively intervene in crisis situations at levels that best impact the patient experience while also providing the best treatment recommendations that help de-escalate the crisis. Our patient outcomes indicate that teens who engage in treatment at BPA during crisis situations will discharge with positive and lasting patient outcomes.
Teens admitted to BasePoint Academy for mental health services will have access to our team of experienced teen therapists, clinicians, nurses, and providers throughout the treatment process!
Teens and their families will also find the same level of expertise when they call to schedule a complimentary assessment and speak with our expertly trained Admission Department. We will provide a recommendation based on your teen’s current level of crisis and overall treatment needs.
Situations That May Require Crisis Stabilization Services
A behavioral crisis or serious mental healthcare emergency occurs when the teen’s behavior becomes a threat to their personal safety or the safety of those around them.
For example, the teen’s distress level increases, and they are no longer able to cope with the event and keep themselves or others safe from harm, the teen expresses (or returns to previous) behaviors, thoughts, and/or symptoms and is unable to deescalate, or your teen is experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorder challenges such as depression, trauma, anxiety, new or continued drug and/or alcohol use (including THC use), self-injury, and/or suicidal thoughts.
A crisis takes many forms, but at BasePoint Academy, we treat a variety of mental illnesses and behavioral challenges. If you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis, we can help.
What Crisis Stabilization Looks Like At BasePoint Academy
Access to our crisis stabilization support services is part of every treatment plan. Our treatment process is designed to provide interventions for teens experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis and is always informed by evidence-based assessments and processes that allow our team to make the best decision and recommendation to meet your teen’s crisis needs.
As always, BPA’s crisis support is respectful and provided in a safe and therapeutic environment.
Our crisis stabilization approach is part of our full continuum of crisis services that help to:
FAQs Related To Crisis Stabilization
Crisis stabilization follows a predetermined process to identify and address each patient’s crisis.
- Define the issue
- Ensure teen safety
- Provide necessary support
- Examine behavior alternatives with the teen
- Establish individualized crisis safety plans
- Get teen and family buy-in plus commitment
A psychiatric or mental health emergency represents an immediate threat to life, whether self or others. This person typically struggles to logically grasp their present experiences or will be disoriented and out of control.
A crisis is an incident that does not appear to be life-threatening but could escalate if not mitigated as soon as possible.
Signs of a mental or emotional crisis would include, but not be limited to, frequent anxious behavior, chronic depression, neglecting self-care, expressions of excessive guilt or shame, mood swings, feeling hopeless and/or helpless, fatalist thoughts or conversation, and feelings of desperation.
If you believe your teen is on the brink of a crisis, contact BasePoint Academy today. We can help. >>>
If you or your teen are experiencing suicidal thoughts or are actively experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to your nearest emergency room.
We believe the most difficult element of stabilization techniques is generating and exploring behavior alternatives and/or coping strategies with the patient.
This is what they are often not able to do on their own, may be resistant to implementing, and often requires practice while not in a crisis to ensure continued use beyond treatment.
However, with gentle support and expert guidance, mitigation efforts can still be successful, and they can make progress toward holistic wellness.
At BPA, we utilize strategic treatment moments to encourage the identification and practical application (practice) to assist with lasting change.