On a recent November afternoon at the Tri-County Crisis Stabilization Center, Summer Thomas Ezell relaxed while watching the movie “Spanglish” after a group therapy session. Across the room, a whiteboard outlined her and her fellow patients’ goals: happiness, family support, exercise, meditation.
Thomas Ezell, 39, sought help at the Charleston facility a week earlier following a clash with the homeowner she was living with as part of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center’s homeshare program, a service that helps adults with psychiatric disabilities transition into community households.
Electing to leave the homeshare program and come to the 10-bed crisis facility rendered Thomas Ezell homeless, but it put her in a better state of mind. The center accepts patients at all hours and is aimed at diverting homeless adults and those with mental health or substance abuse issues from jail cells and hospital beds. There, Thomas Ezell got access to medication and counseling, as well as help seeking housing and employment.
“It’s therapeutic,” she said of the facility operated by the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center. “I talk when I want