Adult Psychiatry has 18 beds, with 12 private rooms and 3 semi-private rooms. It serves people 18 and older, not enrolled in a secondary school, who are having a crisis that is severe enough to impact his or her safety and/or the safety of others. We treat a variety of psychiatric conditions including: major depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, PTSD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and others.
Our length of stay is an average of 5 to 7 days. Together we will focus on three major areas while you are here:
- Assessment: identifying why you are in the hospital
- Stabilization: reducing your symptoms
- Discharge Planning: Returning to your community
Treatment is provided through groups. We focus on skill-building, problem solving, life skills, and situation perception training. You will be involved in groups that address coping skills, safety issues and we can help you learn alternative ways to deal with your feelings and emotions.
Your support person is strongly encouraged to participate in meetings (with permission from you). If there is someone you want involved in your care, please make sure you let us know. We can share information with that person but a release of information form must be signed first.
- We allow two visitors on the unit per patient at a time.
- Children under 12 are strongly discouraged from visiting.
- You may bring food from home to the visit with you.
- Caffeinated beverages are not allowed.
- Small amounts of non-perishable snacks are allowed to be kept in patient’s room, safety precautions permitting.
- The unit is secure. Visitors can enter the unit by pushing the intercom and letting us know who they wish to visit.
Monday through Friday: 6 to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 3 to 5 pm
The care and treatment you receive is just the first step. Preparing you for your discharge begins on the day that you are admitted here. We seek to first stabilize you and then provide the skills and resources you need to stay well beyond our walls. Included in your patient handbook are a collection community resources and we encourage you to use them as needed.
It is important to continue to take the medication prescribed, follow the advice of the treatment team and your outpatient providers and keep your follow-up appointments, not just the one we scheduled, but all appointments. These can often, but not always, keep you from having to return to the hospital.