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Secure Police Drop-off
The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness and Recovery became operational November 16, 2009, doubling Rappahannock Area Community Services Board’s (RACSB) Crisis Stabilization capacity from a six -bed facility to a 12-bed program. The program serves as a regional program serving the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board (RRCSB) as well as RACSB.
In addition to Crisis Stabilization services, the program accepts individuals from state hospitals for trial visits. Trial visits allow a person to acclimate back to their community in a safe, controlled manner; and allows for assessment of an individual’s readiness for discharge from the state hospital.
A program highlight includes the development of secure police drop-off capabilities which began on February 2, 2010. The agency has hired police officers from the Fredericksburg Police Department to provide security and assume custody of individuals dropped off by law enforcement at The Sunshine Lady House for mental health assessment by RACSB Emergency Services personnel. Police officers have typically had to take individuals requiring mental health assessment to the Emergency Room and have been burdened with having to stay with the individual for a lengthy period of time while the person is prescreened for the proper level of care. Secure drop-off allows these officers to return to the streets much faster to serve their community. The off-duty officers stationed at The Sunshine Lady House are onsite daily from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The officers also take part in getting to know the residents of the crisis stabilization program and have helped to reduce stigma that can exist between law enforcement and individuals with mental health disorders.
Learn more about the Crisis Stabilization Program at The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery.