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CRU

Crisis Respite Unit


Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center offers a six bed Crisis Respite Unit that serves individuals with a developmental disability (DD), intellectual disability (ID), or the co-occurring conditions of I/DD, Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse. The Crisis Unit provides 24 hour a day intensive staffing, psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication adjustment/management, and crisis amelioration services for individuals with an I/DD diagnosis who are experiencing a psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, or situational crisis that threatens to interrupt their community tenure and/or places them at risk for involuntary hospitalization. Length of stay is up to 30 days with the possibility of a clinically justified extension. The unit is located at 325 Mercer Street in Princeton WV, 24740.

  • 6 private bedrooms, 2 with hospital beds
  • 1:1 Staffing Available
  • Respite – Crisis Site 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3 for TXIX Waiver Recipients as appropriate
  • Agency Based Day Habilitation as appropriate
  • Psychiatric Services including psychiatric evaluation(s), medication adjustment and management
  • RN Services
  • 24/7 LPN Nursing onsite
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Resource Coordination
  • Service Coordination and Case Management as needed
  • Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) Services
  • Local Medical Referral, Linkage, Transportation, and Follow-up During Stay
  • Therapeutic Milieu
  • Newly remodeled environment providing comfort and care in a homelike setting
  • Services provided are based on the individual needs of the consumer and are available regardless of fund source
  • Family involvement is welcome unless therapeutically prohibited
  • A 30 day supply of medication, plus refills, is required upon admission.
  • A seven day supply of weather appropriate clothing should accompany individuals at placement.
  • Placement in an unfamiliar environment can prove to be distressing. To lessen this distress the individual is encouraged to bring one or more of their favorite items, including items they may use for comfort.
  • In cases when the consumer has significant deficits in the area of expressive language, their stay will be more pleasant if they are accompanied by a list of their favorite foods, activities, people, places and things.
  • We recommend that jewelry be left behind.
  • A sufficient supply of personal spending money should be provided at the time of admission in order to facilitate community activities.
  • Transportation to and from the Crisis Unit is the responsibility of the referring agency. Transportation will be provided by SHCMHC CRU Staff during stay.
  • In the case of Waiver Members, Authorizations for Waiver Services must be obtained by the referring agency.
  • CRU placement duration is limited to 30 days. In cases where there is clinical or situational justification, an extension of the individual's stay may be requested. Approval or denial of the extension rests with the State MR/DD Crisis Coordinator.

Referral Contact Information:
Referrals are welcome any time and our referral packet is available in both Word and Adobe PDF formats. To facilitate a referral download and complete the referral packets or contact either of the following:

    CRU Resource Coordinator
  • Jeremy Burks, BS, BSPI
  • Phone: (304) 427-9541 ext. 1329
  • Fax: (304) 487-1512
  • After Hours: (681) 282-5605
    CRU Program Director
  • Melissa Scott-Johnson, RN
  • Phone: (304) 427-9541 ext. 1398
  • Fax: (304) 487-1512
  • After Hours: (681) 282-5605