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What to Expect

What to Expect During Inpatient Treatment

Preparing for Your Stay

It’s normal to feel anxious about inpatient treatment; however, our goal is to help you feel comfortable and focus on what’s truly important – taking control of your mental health and living your life to the fullest. We’re changing people’s lives every day by delivering high-quality, evidence-based mental health and addiction treatment. We encourage you to speak openly to your care team, ask questions, and participate fully in treatment.

What to Bring

  • All of the medications you are currently taking, including OTC meds and inhalers
  • Five sets of clothing/underwear/socks (no drawstrings or ties). Washers and dryers are available on the units for washing clothes.
  • Nightwear/pajamas
  • Eye-care items (contact lenses/cleaning solution/case/eyeglasses) and toiletries
  • Toiletries that do not include alcohol or aerosols
  • Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas. Unopened packages of cigarettes are allowed upon admission.

We provide personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and soap.

The following items are also allowed, but they’ll be held in a personal belongings storage and issued during times of supervision:

  • Electric razors
  • Musical instruments
  • Cosmetics
  • Curling irons, hair dryers, straighteners, and other electric items (as approved)

Dress Code

The patient dress code is casual, and we want you to be comfortable. Slip-on shoes and garments with elastic waistbands are suggested since shoe laces and drawstrings are not permitted. Revealing attire is not allowed — no halter tops, tube tops, fishnet shirts, or short-shorts. Clothing may not contain offensive or controversial messages. 

During Your Stay

Work With a Multi-disciplinary Care Team

Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse PractitionerResponsible for coordinating your overall care, prescribing medication and other procedures that are appropriate components of your treatment. The medical staff makes all decisions regarding discharge.
Staff NursePerforms duties as prescribed by a physician, including administering medication, observing your behavior, and reporting on your conditions to treatment team members.
Patient Care 
Assistant (PCA)
Assists you through your daily routine.
Provides therapy through games, crafts, leisure education, creative expression, relaxation training and more. Examples of this type of therapy are pet, music, art and yoga.
Social Worker
Provides evidence-based group and individual therapy and acts as the liaison between you, your family, and the treatment team.

After Your Stay

Your mental health requires maintenance and continuing care. Before you leave the hospital, you will meet with a therapist who will go over the discharge plan with you. This is a chance for you to ask questions about your medications and follow-up. In many cases, patients participate in one of our outpatient treatment programs to facilitate the transition back to everyday life.

Alumni Support

Our goal is to provide support and encouragement to those who have completed our treatment programs. The alumni support group is open to patients that complete their treatment programs and are looking to further their recovery, find support, and connect with others in the community with similar goals.

In these groups, patients can support each other in times of need, share their experiences, and create strength together. Many of our patients have testified to making new friends in their recovery process. At the end of the day, it’s nice to be reminded that there are others like you, who understand your emotional process, have felt the same struggles, and take their recovery as seriously as you do.