Crisis Stabilization Adolescent Units – Towson

Medical Director: Todd Peters, M.D.

Service Chief-Male: Todd Peters, M.D.

Service Chief-Female: Catharyn Turner, M.D.

Unit Manager-Male: Lisa Catalano, R.N.

Unit Manager-Female: Nina Williamson, R.N.

Admission Information: 410-938-3800

Adolescent Male Unit Visiting Hours: 5:30 - 7 p.m. Monday - Friday, 12 - 1:15 p.m. and 5:30 - 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays

Adolescent Female Unit Visiting Hours: 5:30 - 7 p.m. daily

The role of our Crisis Stabilization Units is to provide stabilization and treatment to patients ages 12 to 17, who are experiencing a psychiatric emergency or are in need of urgent care. The majority of our patients are diagnosed with a mood disorder and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and are referred from either a hospital emergency room, our Crisis Walk-In Clinic, a referring psychiatrist, or one of our residential treatment centers.

These two units, each comprised of 20 beds, are gender-specific to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible, with an average length of stay of seven to 10 days. Treatment is highly focused on the crisis intervention model, using a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account the factors that contribute to a crisis. Discharge planning emphasizes rapid transition to the least restrictive environment appropriate for the patient’s needs, whether that is a day hospital or outpatient care.

Patients admitted to either of our adolescent units work with a chemical dependency counselor, where appropriate, as well as art and music therapists on the female unit and a movement therapist on the male unit. While not as structured as our child unit, the adolescent units are still very milieu focused.

“All was good, the staff is great; they'll do everything in their power to help the patients.”

-Former Patient, Adolescent Male Unit