ESCONDIDO — Palomar Health staff, elected officials and behavioral health community leaders are launching the initial stages of construction on the new Palomar Health Crisis Stabilization Unit with a sky-breaking ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Palomar Medical Center, 2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido.
Cranes will be lifting walls into place and workers attaching them to the foundation of the prefabricated Crisis Stabilization Unit building, next door to the Emergency Department on the campus of Palomar Medical Center Escondido.
A short program will highlight the significance of the CSU to the North County community, how it fits into the larger county strategic plan to serve the increasing behavioral health population and how the CSU should help reduce Emergency Department crowding. There is an increasing population of behavioral health patients throughout San Diego County. The Crisis Stabilization Unit will replace an existing CSU in downtown Escondido. It will serve twice as many patients, is purpose-built to aid in psychiatric care and is strategically located next to the Palomar Medical Center Emergency Department, eliminating the need for patient transportation.