May is Mental Health Month! All kids deserve kind, safe, welcoming places to grow.

Crisis Stabilization

Connecting at-risk kids and their families to stabilizing support

Specialized support for families in a tough spot

When kids and teens reach crisis levels with their emotional well-being, it takes a toll on the whole family — and caregivers can struggle with what’s next.

The road feels rocky, but it’s not a solo journey.
Washburn Center crisis therapists bring experience and care for kids with increasingly complex challenges, and are specially trained to help a family find stability too. According to a 2022 Minnesota student survey of 100,000 high schoolers, 30% struggled with their own mental health for longer than 6 months and 15% had seriously considered suicide.

Washburn Center for Children’s Crisis Stabilization program provides services to families in Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington and Wright counties.

Call 612-871-1454 to connect to our crisis stabilization team.

When crisis hits, call us.

Washburn Center helps families access supportive services for at-risk kids, ages five through 17, with a goal of staying in the home and avoiding psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home placements. We serve children and their families in acute crisis including:

  • Crisis Eligibility Screening
  • Treatment planning
  • In-home family therapy
  • Caregiver support
  • Individual therapy/skills
  • School support
  • Recommendations for additional clinically appropriate services
  • Coordination of services with parents, teachers, school staff and other care providers

Therapy built on your family’s innate strengths

Families interested in Washburn Center’s Crisis Stabilization program must commit to 2-3 family sessions per week. In those sessions, a crisis therapist will help with safety planning, develop strategies for increased stability, strengthen relationships and connect a family with additional services to create stability.

Services May Include:

  • High risk behaviors (cutting, sexual activity, alcohol and drug use)
  • Suicidal ideation and risk of self-harm
  • Hospitalizations
  • Dysregulation at home and school (physical/verbal aggression, threats)
  • Truancy/school refusal
  • Runaway behaviors
  • Foster Care/Adoptive trauma

Insurance Information

Crisis Stabilization services are available for individuals with Minnesota Medica (Commercial), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (PMAP/Commercial), UCare (PMAP/Commercial), Health Partners (PMAP/Commercial) or Preferred One/Aetna insurance. Clients may have financial responsibility for co-pays or deductibles. Fees for services vary depending on insurance and Washburn Center program. 

You may be responsible for some or all fees depending on your specific insurance policy and the Washburn Center program. Sliding fee applications are accepted and processed for families experiencing any financial difficulties. Payment plans are available for all families regardless of income.

If you have questions about an invoice or bill pay options, please contact 612-677-2899.