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Marie’s Place Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) provides respite care for members with acute behavioral health and/or substance use disorder needs as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization. The unit offers members a structured setting where our clinical teams focus on maintaining patient safety, improving recovery, and promoting a safe return to the community.

Commonwealth Care Alliance has long-standing partnerships and collaborates with emergency departments (EDs) across Massachusetts. If a CCA member is in the ED for a psychiatric reason, an ED representative can call our Behavioral Health team to review level of care determination. CCA can offer the member a place in our CSU, especially when the member does not require an inpatient level of psychiatric care.

Peer support groups are an important part of care at our CSU. Through shared understanding and mutual empowerment, peer support groups address the complex needs of patients across a wide range of issues, including substance abuse, trauma, and mental and behavioral health.

CSU Location

Marie’s Place in Brighton is a three-story Victorian-style home whose location offers patients convenient access to the local community. Some patients can go “out on pass” independently, helping to prepare them for transitioning back to the community.

Marie’s Place Crisis Stabilization Unit Results

Our community-based Crisis Stabilization Unit successfully treats members with acute psychiatric crises, reducing the need for inpatient admissions.

↓35%
savings in average per diem cost for CSU admissions ($696 versus average inpatient admission costs of $1,071 per day)
90%
of admissions in 2020 came from the ER and avoided potential inpatient hospital, inpatient psychiatric, or external crisis unit admissions
89%
of members and patients at CCA CSUs rated their overall satisfaction as “good” or “excellent” in satisfaction surveys
↓14.4%
reduction in length of stay 2020 vs. 2019