Emergency Services

Emergency Services

Mental health crises don't happen on a schedule--so RACSB provides emergency services around the clock.

Emergency Services Therapists offer brief crisis counseling and referrals for community resources. Our trained therapists also triage for psychiatric hospitalizations. Clinicians provide pre-screening to determine eligibility for involuntary admission and assist with voluntary admissions to psychiatric facilities.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a psychiatric crisis, our Emergency Services are here to help.

Emergency Services Therapists partner with local law enforcement to staff a Crisis Assessment Center in the Emergency Department at Mary Washington Hospital. This provides a space for law enforcement and Emergency Services Therapists to assess and monitor individuals under emergency custody orders. It could take up to eight hours to find a bed in a psychiatric facility.

Additionally, Emergency Services Therapists help connect individuals with outpatient services and the crisis stabilization program.

Connect with Emergency Services any time of day:

Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County & Stafford County: 540-373-6876
Caroline County: 804-633-4148
King George County: 540-775-5064

Crisis Stabilization Program

The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness and Recovery opened in 2009, with help from local philanthropist Doris Buffett.
This 12-bed residential facility serves individuals experiencing acute psychiatric crisis. It is the home for RACSB's Crisis Stabilization Program, which began in 2007.
Guests could receive up to 15 days of treatment: 24-hour supervision, art therapy, group sessions, individual counseling, medication evaluation, therapeutic arts, acupuncture, and more. As of 2013, the Sunshine Lady House also provides a safe place for individuals withdrawing from alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines.
Before individuals enter the home, they are prescreened by RACSB Emergency Services. Throughout their stay, guests receive a variety of services aimed at mental wellness. These services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, counselors, nurses, qualified mental health providers, and contracted healthcare professionals.
Everything in the Sunshine Lady House is meant to aid in recovery from the colorful artwork--some of which was painted by former guests of the program patients--to the sleek furniture, stainless-steel appliances, and soothing color schemes.
RACSB also uses the home to provide intensive supports for individuals beginning its Medication Assisted Treatment program.
Learn more by calling The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery, 540-374-3386.

Crisis Intervention Teams

Often, law enforcement officers are the first people to interact with an individual experiencing a mental health crisis. We offer specialized training to help law enforcement officers respond to these situations with empathy and understanding.

These classes are part of a growing national effort to improve the interaction between police and those with mental illnesses. A state grant provided money to create the Rappahannock Crisis Intervention Team in 2009. Since then, more than 400 law enforcement officers have been trained  to recognize mental illnesses, to talk calmly to somebody in the middle of a crisis and to identify community resources that could help.

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Emergency Services are still available. Please call 540-373-6876 if you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis.

Due to the current State of Emergency, and in accordance with recommendation to limit in-person gatherings to 10 or less, our May Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually at 5 p.m. on May 19. Public comment may be submitted up until 4:00 pm on May 19th by emailing  publicinformation@rappahannockareacsb.org.  Public comments that include the full name and address of the commenter will be read into the record during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.  The meeting will be Livestreamed on Rappahannock Area Community Services Board’s Facebook page on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

We encourage our community to stay home (whenever possible) and stay safe throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. We now offer most of our outpatient, early intervention, and case management services via telemedicine so you can receive the support you need from the safety of your home.

Our committee and board meetings and facilities tour for April have been canceled. Our day support programs are suspended temporarily.

Our popular plant sale is continuing but with some changes to ensure everyone's safety. Please order ahead and your plants will be waiting for you when you drive up.

At this time, we are suspending recruitment for most positions. See our employment portal for more information.

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