Creating Buy-in: Best Practices for Collaborating with Referral Sources on Crisis Stabilization Units

Past Event
May 18, 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Eastern

Hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance

An increasing number of jurisdictions are exploring ways to expand and/or improve their crisis system responses when interacting with people experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis. One option includes crisis stabilization units (CSUs) or similarly designed models. While CSUs are a great diversion opportunity, implementation can be very challenging. Having buy-in from referral sources, particularly law enforcement agencies, can help strengthen this critical diversion option while improving the jurisdiction’s overall crisis response system. This webinar is designed as a panel forum to discuss best practices to encourage buy-in from potential CSU referral sources. Panelists include both mental and behavioral health professionals, such as people with lived experiences and law enforcement agencies representing jurisdictions with CSUs.


  • Dominique Burton, Project Associate, National Police Foundation
  • Allison Upton, Project Manager, Behavioral Health Division, CSG Justice Center
  • Hadley Fitzgerald, Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health Division, CSG Justice Center
  • Marilyn Leake, Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health Division, CSG Justice Center
  • Demetrius Thomas, Deputy Program Manager, Behavioral Health Division, CSG Justice Center

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