Who is The Safety Zone for?
The Safety Zone is the Children & Youth Crisis Stabilization Program of Highlands Community Services in Abingdon, VA.

The Safety Zone provides an alternative to psychiatric inpatient treatment. The program’s goal is to help the child return to pre-crisis levels of functioning. The Safety Zone provides short-term individual and group counseling services as well as observation, safety monitoring, behavior management and much more.

The Safety Zone is open seven days a week and hours may vary based on the needs of the children being served. Children and youth are assessed either in their current living environment, or at The Safety Zone, and then referred into the program for up to 15 days per episode.

Who is The Safety Zone for?
Children and adolescents ages 4-17 in Washington County or Bristol, VA. An assessment will be conducted to determine whether or not the child meets the program criteria.

Why is The Safety Zone needed?
A crisis can happen when a child or adolescent becomes overwhelmed by their feelings or when the demands in life surpass their ability to cope.

A crisis may occur in response to a recent traumatic event or may result from an accumulation of stressors over time. This may cause a child or adolescent to be at risk of being placed outside of their home, family or community in a psychiatric or residential facility due to their current unsafe behaviors. The Safety Zone provides an alternative that allows a child to receive crisis services, while remaining in their community, rather than being transferred hours away.

If you know someone who would benefit from The Safety Zone program, call 276.525.4410.

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