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Acute Stabilization

The journey to wellness frequently begins in crisis. Our inpatient hospital program stabilizes patients during psychiatric crises. After the crisis is stabilized, we equip adult patients and their families with effective coping skills and communication techniques to improve their lives and equip them for continuing treatment after discharge.

Compass Unit

Adult patients admitted to our Compass Unit are experiencing acute difficulty with attention and low tolerance for cognitive processing or are having hallucinations or delusions. Our interventions reduce these symptoms and build basic self-care skills.

Horizon Unit

Adult patients admitted to our Horizon Unit are usually experiencing a severe mood imbalance but are able to focus, participate and process moderately-complex program content. We employ insight, cognitive and skill-oriented therapeutic interventions.

Both our Compass and Horizon units provide medication management, comprehensive therapy, and discharge planning.

Customized Treatment Planning

Our team works with each patient to provide an individualized treatment plan. The main focus is to relieve symptoms of emotional crisis and help the patient regain control of his or her life.

Clinical Team

Highlands Behavioral Health System’s Acute Stabilization clinical team includes:

  • 24-hour psychiatric nursing care
  • Mental health specialists
  • Case managers
  • Social workers
  • Art, occupational and recreational therapists
  • Psychiatrists

Discharge Planning

As soon as the patient is admitted, we begin planning for a successful return to the community. These plans may include continuing care with a psychiatrist, therapist and other community resources.


We treat individuals age 65 and older if they can manage their activities of daily living (ADLs), are medically stable, and can benefit from therapy offered at Highlands Behavioral Health System.