The Adolescent Male Crisis Stabilization Unit at Sheppard Pratt’s Towson hospital is a safe and secure 20-bed inpatient unit specially designed for adolescent males ages 12 through 17.

People Cared For

  • Adolescents

Level of Care

  • Inpatient

Payment Type

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Private Insurance
  • Self Pay

Philosophy of Care

Our focus is on safety and crisis stabilization; adolescents generally come here when they are struggling or experiencing a crisis at home, in the community, or at school, and are dangerous to themselves or others. Many have exhibited behavioral problems, such as aggression or substance use.

While in our care, adolescents quickly come to understand that they are in a safe, warm, welcoming environment, and are encouraged to talk about any problems and behaviors that are troubling them.

During each adolescent’s stay, we focus on crisis stabilization so that the adolescent can move back into their home community as quickly as is safely possible. The average length of stay on our unit is five to seven days.

Who We Treat

We treat teenage boys with a variety of behavioral challenges and diagnoses on our unit; many have depression, other mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety, personality disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, or first-break psychosis; some will also be experiencing problems with substance use.