Serenity Place

Serenity Place is a crisis stabilization program that offers immediate support to individuals experiencing mental health or substance abuse crises. 

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies is committed to supporting the well-being of our communities in Wyoming. We offer a continuum of mental health services, including crisis stabilization facilities in Cheyenne and Sheridan.

During a mental health crisis, finding immediate support is crucial. Serenity Place provides a safe haven for individuals experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis. Our dedicated staff offer immediate intervention, using de-escalation techniques, in a secure environment for stabilization.

With 12 beds in each of our two facilities, Serenity Place offers adult men and women a continuum of care with the help of our staff of peer specialists, health technicians, clinicians, case managers and medical providers for psychiatric needs.

At Serenity Place, we focus on:

Serenity Place offers initial and continued crisis intervention for clients working toward long-term stability and independence. Our program is designed to break the cycle of readmission and recidivism which has become far too common for individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.

This is a voluntary program, and residents are expected to actively engage in their treatment. Our clients are responsible for working with Serenity Place’s case management and care coordination staff on disposition planning and self-directed engagement with resources to increase their resilience and self-efficacy. The goals for clients in our care include:

Focusing on whole-health needs, behavioral health and primary care, clinical services, case management and peer supports, the team at Serenity Place works together with clients to support the achievement of these goals, with interventions including:

Those eligible for admission to Serenity Place include:

  • Individuals with a Serious Mental Illness or Substance Abuse Disorders that interfere significantly with their ability to reside safely in the community, along with one of the following criteria:
    • Transitioning or recently discharged from a psychiatric inpatient or crisis stabilization unit.
    • Three or more admissions within the past 12 months or a minimum of 30 days within the past 12 months in a psychiatric inpatient facility or crisis stabilization unit.
    • Recent release from state hospital.
    • Recent release from incarceration where care was received or serious mental illness or substance abuse disorder was identified in the individual.
    • Homeless for one or more years or four episodes of homelessness during a three year period.
    • Three or more emergency department visits for behavioral health need in the past year.
  • Individuals Traumatic Brain Injury or other neurocognitive disorders, autism, or intellectual and developmental disabilities are eligible if they are able to participate appropriately and can benefit from the program’s resources. Those eligible under this category must not significantly disrupt the social environment for other clients.
  • Individuals able to safely reside in an open, community-based environment.
  • Individuals in need of short-term crisis support that would not be eligible for a higher level of care or need respite and support to address destabilizing circumstances impacting their living situation.
  • Individuals not requiring daily care for a nurse or physician unless eligible for home healthcare provided through their insurance that does not inhibit participation or disrupt the social environment.
  • Individuals abstaining form all substance use while in residence

Individuals discharging from a state hospital will receive priority admission status.

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