Crisis Diversion Facility

DESC’s Crisis Diversion Facility provides a safe, therapeutic, voluntary environment where people experiencing a behavioral health crisis can stay for up to 72 hours while receiving psychiatric evaluation and stabilization services along with other supports.

This state-licensed Residential Treatment Facility only accepts individuals in behavioral crisis who are referred by first responders in King County, including law enforcement, Fire Department/Medic One units, Designated Crisis Responders and hospital emergency department social workers.


  • Can support inpatient stays for 16 clients for up to 72 hours
  • Accepts referrals from first responders 24/7
  • Mental health and substance use screenings
  • Physical screenings at intake
  • Collaboration with outside providers and social contacts for discharge
  • Psychiatric evaluation, medication stabilization, and monitoring by on-site medical staff
  • Harm reduction model with personalized success plans for clients underserved by traditional services
  • Referral to Crisis Diversion Interim Services if needed