Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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April 23, 2007

Plateau Mental Health Center cleared for Cookeville locale

Plateau Mental Health Center, a facility of Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System, will be licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health/Development Disabilities to operate a Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) at its 1200 South Willow, Cookeville, location.

The Crisis Stabilization Unit is a non-hospital facility-based service that offers medically supervised behavioral health treatment 24 hours per day to individuals age 18 years and over who are experiencing serious psychiatric or behavioral problems. The objective of the CSU is to stabilize the consumer and strengthen his/her current living situation while allowing the individual to remain in the community during and beyond the crisis period. CSU is specifically designed for clients in need of short-term stabilization (up to 72 hours) who do not meet the criteria for other treatment resources of involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital.

CSU employs psychiatrists, physicians, psychiatric nurse practitioners, registered nurses and psychiatric technicians. Plateau Mental Health Center strives to employ and empower service providers that are aware of and respectful of the importance of values, beliefs, traditions and customs of all clients served. Additionally, it does not discriminate in its delivery of service or employment practices.

Plateau aims to honor every client by treating them with respect and dignity, being mindful of the unique circumstances of each individual. The confidentiality of all clients is protected under federal and state laws.

An open house will be held on Friday, April 27, from 1:30 until 3 p.m. at the Mental Health Center.

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