Acute Stabilization Unit

The ASU is a peaceful place to take the steps needed for recovery.  It is our goal to ensure client stability, provide seamless transfer to ongoing outpatient levels of care and to reduce unnecessary use of hospital-based services.

A Non-Hospital Alternative

At our Acute Stabilization Unit (ASU) crisis services and hospital diversion or step-down are provided in a relaxing, protected and supervised non-hospital setting. The typical length of stay is 3 to 7 days, but can be somewhat longer if needed. We use rapid assessment and interventions aimed at helping the client develop new adaptive coping skills. Clients work with staff to enhance personal strengths, survival skills and resiliency. 


  • Hospital step-down
  • Emergency Room Diversion
  • Community Referrals
  • 24 hour crisis screening & assessment
  • Mild to moderate detox for those with psychiatric diagnosis
  • Medical detoxification
  • Methadone accepted for those already engaged with a RI clinic
  • Case management
  • Medical services, psychiatric assessment and services
  • Medication prescribing, monitoring and administration
  • Linkage to other residential or community-based housing treatment options
  • Therapeutic group treatment options (art, cooking, music, exercise, gardening, goal setting & positive thinking)
  • Linkage to follow-up services upon discharge
  • Facilitation of in-patient psychiatric or medical admission if needed
  • Peer support, education and recovery model
  • Integrated co-occurring treatment
  • Family meetings


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have the capacity to safely stay in an unlocked facility
  • Voluntarily agree to be admitted to the program
  • Voluntarily agree to take prescribed medications
  • Be medically stable
  • Receive medical clearance if coming from an emergency room or inpatient facility

Insurances Accepted

  • Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • United Healthcare
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Evercare
  • RI Medical Assistance
  • Combined medical assistance & Medicare
  • Self-Pay

I liked everything about this place. Your comforting staff and the way the days are scheduled really makes for a nice stay."

Acute Stabilization Unit client

Contact Information

PO Box 1700 | Woonsocket, RI | 02895 | Directions
401.235.7000 Main Agency | 401.235.7120 Emergency

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