CARE – Community Alternative for Recovery and Empowerment
Regional Crisis Stabilization Program
Alexandria, Virginia


CARE is a place where those who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis can heal in a safe environment that is welcoming, comforting and accepting.

The goal of CARE is to:
  • provide a supportive community-based environment;
  • prevent hospitalization;
  • prevent future crisis situations by teaching skills and developing resources;
  • and improve individual functioning and ability to cope.

CARE provides immediate, individualized and intensive support. Staff coordinates professional and natural supports and resources to establish a network of wrap-around supports. These supports serve as a foundation for continued personal growth and recovery.

Our crisis team of highly-skilled professionals have genuine care for the individuals we support. Our team is flexible, creative, and adaptive to an individual’s ever changing needs. Staff addresses all aspects of crisis including mental illness, substance abuse and/or developmental disabilities.

The CARE team includes:
  • Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHPs)
  • Registered Nurses
  • Peer Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurse Practitioners

Our team works closely with the referring Emergency Services Departments, CSBs, Assigned Case Managers, and others committed to providing positive support and encouragement.

Our team values the elements of education and knowledge toward providing effective treatment: families and other supports receive guidance and education that engage them as treatment partners; for the crisis team itself, continuing education ensures current best practices and continually improving supports.


Admission to CARE is facilitated through the Emergency Services Department, a division of county Community Services Boards (CSBs).


Assessments are completed upon admission and periodically as needed. Admissions and nursing assessment identify and address medical, mental health or environmental issues that require critical attention. Information gathered through assessment serves as a foundation for the Individualized Recovery Plan, which is completed within the first 24 hours of admission. Discharge planning occurs simultaneously.

CARE provides supportive structure throughout the day. In addition to one-on-one counseling, individuals benefit through informal counseling with peers, group counseling, sessions with the psychiatrist, and structured therapeutic activities.


Individuals are guided to return to their homes and their communities with the skills to better manage their lives and the challenges that they face.