Crisis Triage & Stabilization

A short-stay facility for individuals in a behavioral health crisis to receive support in a safe and recovery-oriented environment.

What is Crisis Triage & Stabilization?

Compass Health Crisis Triage utilizes a recovery model to assist those in behavioral health crises to access services and to support and resume typical levels of functioning. Multi-disciplinary teams of Peer Counselors, Mental Health Technicians, Clinicians, Nurses, and Psychiatric providers work together to address each individual’s needs.

Who does Crisis Triage & Stabilization serve?

Whatcom County Triage Center

Housed in the Anne Deacon Center for Hope in Bellingham, Compass Health’s Crisis Triage can accommodate up to 16 individuals at once who are experiencing a mental health crisis. We provide crisis stabilization, safety planning, and referrals for ongoing care. Individuals may self-refer or be referred by a community partner such as a behavioral health provider, hospital social worker, or medical provider. The facility can also accept drop-offs from law enforcement and emergency medical technicians as a diversion alternative to jail or the emergency room. Compass Health’s Crisis Triage is co-located in the Anne Deacon Center with a detox facility operated by Pioneer Services. Individuals needing non-medical sobering support should contact Pioneer Services.

Snohomish County Triage Center

As of April 24, Snohomish County Triage Center is temporarily closed until the re-opening of our new facility as part of our Broadway Campus Redevelopment project.

The Broadway Campus Redevelopment project is a commitment to the future of downtown Everett and to our clients – those we serve now and in the future in Snohomish County. This redevelopment will allow us to expand our service capacity and deliver care in a purpose-built facility that reflects dignity for our clients and the level of clinical excellence our teams deliver daily.

Approach to care

Triage is a voluntary program for individuals in crisis who need the additional support of 24/7 staffing to manage their safety and stability. Lengths of stay at Triage can vary from hours to several days and is dependent on the details of any given crisis episode. During their stay, individuals are assessed by both a mental health professional and a nurse. Individually tailored care plans are developed to help the individual meet their unique needs.

Goals of Crisis Triage & Stabilization

Triage provides a vital component of the continuum of care for individuals experiencing a behavioral health disorder. The goals of Triage are to ensure ready access in a crisis to a supportive, stable environment fully staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals; to reduce the need for individuals to go to emergency departments for care; to create alternatives to jail for individuals whose disruptive behavior may be the result of their behavioral health condition; and to create a step-down option for individuals transitioning back to the community from a higher level of care such as a psychiatric hospitalization.


Services in this program include the following, based on client need:

  • Crisis Stabilization
  • Medication Evaluations


To access this service, call or text the 988 The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988, 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year to speak with a licensed mental health professional who will assess the situation and make appropriate referrals.

Referrals to the WCTC can be made by calling the Crisis Care Line at 800-584-3578. Professionals can call directly to make referrals at 360-676-2020.

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