Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Program at
The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health
Wellness & Recovery

The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery, a 12-bed, community-based residential facility, funded in part by a $2 million grant from Doris Buffett's Sunshine Lady Foundation, welcomed its first residents on November 16, 2009.

The facility is an expansion of the community-based Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Program initiated by RACSB for area residents in January 2007. It’s a safe, therapeutic residential program for adults experiencing acute psychiatric crisis. In February 2013, the program also began providing services to adults seeking safe withdrawal from alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines. Individuals are supported and stabilized in the least restrictive environment as possible.

Staff work with the individuals to mobilize a community support system for continued mainenance, rehabilitation, and recovery. The Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Program at The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery is a 12-bed facility serving individuals for up to 15 consecutive days per episode.

The goals of the Crisis Stabilization Program are to:

  • serve as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization (in acute crisis);
  • be a step-down transition from inpatient psychiatric care;
  • divert persons with mental illness from jail;
  • serve as a secure drop-off location in partnership with the Fredericksburg Police Department;
  • provide respite services; and
  • provide medically managed detoxification services.

Services provided include:

  • 24-hour observation, monitoring, and treatment;
  • psychiatric assessment, treatment planning, and referral;
  • medication evaluation, education, and management;
  • assistance with self-care issues (including symptom and behavior management);
  • individual and group counseling; and
  • discharge planning.

Services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, counselors, nurses, qualified mental health providers, and contracted healthcare professionals.

The Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Program offers therapeutic counseling and utilizes mental health recovery concepts and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) principles. Services are directed toward the overall wellness of the individual to include integrated treatment activities to serve persons with co-occurring disorders.

The cost of services is based on a sliding fee scale and no one is denied services due to inability to pay. 

Prior to admission into the Crisis Stabilization Program individuals are screened by RACSB’s Emergency Services staff. In addition to admitting residents from the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford, the program serves as a regional resource, accepting referrals from the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board in Culpeper, Virginia.

The program was made possible through funding from the Virginia Systems Transformation Initiative launched by former Governor Mark Warner and funded by the 2006 Virginia General Assembly.

RACSB also provides 24-hour crisis intervention, outpatient and case management services, day support services at Kenmore Club, and residential services for individuals suffering from mental illness.

Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Program
at The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery
615 Wolfe Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-374-3386
Fax: 540-374-3387



Rappahannock Area Community Service Board  |  600 Jackson Street  |  Fredericksburg, VA 22401  |  (540) 373-3223