Residential treatment

People living with mental illness may be referred to residential treatment for crisis management, where they can stay up to three months, or places where they can live for a longer time period. In short-term crisis care, clients typically stay for less than a week for stabilization until another mental health program or housing becomes available.

Intensive Residential Treatment Services, known as IRTS, provide mental health services in a 16-bed residential setting that focuses on managing symptoms and medication, learning coping skills, and socialization. Stays are up to three months, but may be shorter if the client is stable and has a safe living situation in the community. IRTS facilities are not available in all states.

More permanent residential settings for persons living with a mental illness who need more structure include group homes, foster care, and assisted living.

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