Arrival at the Facility
Upon arrival at SABHH, you will be greeted by a receptionist who will ask you to fill out a registration form. Be prepared with the following:
- insurance information
- a form of identification
- ready to discuss your symptoms (the reasons for care)
The Registration process is quick, but waiting to be seen by the therapist for your no-cost intake assessment may take hours. Please make arrangements before coming to the hospital (pets, alerting loved ones, eat a meal, etc.).
Why can this take long? We treat a wide variety of complicated behavioral health issues and symptoms, and we want to devote the necessary time to understand each patient and all details or context required to provide the best care possible. This, for some patients, can take some time and impact the speed at which others can be seen. Please be patient, and understand that our meticulous approach to patient care will ultimately benefit you.
After the registration is complete, you will begin the multi-step Intake and Admissions process. Over the next hour or so, you will meet with a mental health technician (MHT), licensed therapist, nurse, and Psychiatrist to understand your needs and goals for treatment, ensure your safety and health, and determine which program is best fit for you.
- A Registered Nurse will perform a medical screening to ensure you are physically stable and determine whether more intensive healthcare is required prior to assessing your behavioral needs.
- With you there to observe, the Mental Health Technician will document all of your belongings and make sure they are safely and securely stored.
- If applicable, the RN will discuss and document any medication you are currently taking to ensure continuity.
- In a quiet and comfortable consultation room, you will meet one-on-one with a licensed therapist for what is called the Intake Assessment. Your therapist will ask questions to learn as much information about you and relevant details about the behavioral health challenges you are facing.
- This information is used to determine
- which program is best fit for your specific needs and goals
- begin the outline of a treatment plan
- Once finished with your therapist, a board-certified Psychiatrist will meet with you for a Pyschriatric Evaluation to best understand your needs and make a final determination regarding which program you will be accepted to, if appropriate.
Receiving Treatment – What to Expect
How Long is Treatment?
Each patient’s needs are unique, which is why the duration of care varies from person to person. The average length of stay for an inpatient hospitalization is between five and seven days. However, some patients require less time at SABHH, but many patients need more time at the hospital for myriad reasons.
Meet the Treatment Team
We strongly believe that your goals are best met through collaboration and support from a diverse team.
Board Certified Psychiatrist:
The Psychiatrist is the Treatment Team leader, board-certified, and possesses the specialty training for your needs (ex: adult, child, adolescent, addiction, etc.).
The Medical Internist is part of the team to ensure your physical health and safety throughout treatment. An internist will perform a physical and comprehensive review of current medication. He or she works collaboratively with your Psychiatrist on any medical issues that may contribute to or impact your psychiatric condition.
Your therapist will work with you individually and in group settings to understand your challenges and goals and create your individualized treatment plan. You will meet with the therapist one and one, as well as in a group setting. The Licensed Therapist will help guide your Wellness Recovery Plan to improve and maintain health, and enhance your quality of life.
What is a Wellness Recovery Plan?
The individualized Wellness Recovery Plan is designed to record triggers, newly identified self-regulation skills, and an emergency plan when early warning signs of relapse are detected. This interactive plan helps place the patient in control of their treatment with the skills to respond to those signs and stop them before they worsen or interfere with daily living or functioning.
Registered Nurses (RNs) and Mental Health Technicians (MHTs):
The RNs and MHTs part of the treatment are responsible for monitoring your medical conditions and behaviors, providing safety and structure to the milieu, and ensuring the implementation of the program’s daily schedule.
The Dietitian will provide an assessment for any patient with special dietary needs for health purposes, culture or religion, poor dentition, or loss of appetite.
Your Case Manager will ensure a safe discharge and coordinate aftercare plans with outpatient clinicians or provide new referrals and appointments to continue on your road to recovery. The Case Manager will also provide your aftercare team with the Wellness Recovery Plan and assist them in making a smooth transition for your care.
A Day in the Life of a Patient at SABHH
Our approach to treatment is unique. We combine the most advanced, evidence-baed medical and therapeutic models of care. A typical day for each patient varies, but what is consistent is the patient-centered structure and activities, as well as the multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
6:30-7:00am: Everyone wakes and discusses the theme of the day
7:00-7:30am: Time for personal care – bathing, hygiene routine, meditation, etc.
7:30-8:00am: Breakfast is served
8:00-8:30am: Patient’s vitals are taken and medications (if needed) administered
8:30-9:00am: Community meeting takes place
9:00-10am: Exercise / recreation in gym or outdoor courtyards
10:00-11:00am: Group therapy session led by Licensed Therapist
11:00am-12:00pm: Personal time and lunch
12:00-1:00pm: Physical activity led by Mental Health Technician
1:00-2:00pm: Group therapy led by Recreational Therapist
2:00-3:00pm: Break, personal time – snacks available
3:00-4:00pm: RN Education – nurse-led discussion about medication education and symptomology.
4:00-5:00pm: Group therapy session with Licensed Therapist
5:00-5:30pm: Dinner is served
5:30-6:00pm: Community meeting and theme of the day discussion
6:00-6:30pm: Unit clean up
6:30-7:30pm: Activities in the recreational gym or outdoor courtyards
7:30-8:00pm: Free time, snacks available
8:00-8:30pm: Patient’s vitals are taken and medications (if needed) administered
8:30-9:00pm: Mindfulness and evening meditation
9:00-9:30pm: Time for personal care – bathing, hygiene routine, meditation, etc.
Environment of Care – Room, Food, Gym, and other Amenities
While at SABHH, your comfort and safety are of the highest priority.
- Cell phones are not allowed during your hospitalization. All electronics will be securely stored throughout your stay. However, we do offer multiple times throughout the day for patients to place and receive calls.
- To ensure patient and staff safety, we have temporarily suspended Adult visitation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Adolescent visitation hours:
- Days: Sunday and Wednesday, every week
- When: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
- Details: One ‘essential’ visitor (parent, guardian, significant other, sibling) for 30 minutes
- Upon arrival, you will be given all necessary hygiene products (deodorant, shampoo, soap, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrush, comb, lotion, feminine hygiene products).
- You will have access to the cafeteria for three nutritious meals a day – breakfast, lunch, dinner – and snacks are available upon request.
- Our dietary staff will accommodate specific dietary requests, such as vegetarian meals and food allergies or restrictions.
- Every unit has access to an outdoor courtyard, which can be utilized for exercise, scheduled smoking times, or just a breath of fresh air.
- All patients will have scheduled time to go to the gymnasium or courtyard for exercise or a mid-day break.
- All units have access to a no-cost laundry option for all patients.
Planning for Your Stay
To make your experience as comfortable and safe as possible, please prepare with the following guidelines:
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- Bring all prescription medications with you or the contact information for your pharmacy.
- Pack enough casual clothing for your inpatient stay – no more than ~5 days’ worth – in one bag or suitcase. We have a no-cost laundry room onsite.
- Notify the hospital of sleep-related needs, such as C-PAP, oxygen, elevation of the head of the bed, egg crate or air mattress, incontinence supplies, etc., during the registration process.
- Bring mental health guardianship/custody/foster care placement paperwork, if applicable.
SABHH is committed to seeing patients through all levels of care along their road to healing and providing continued support. We’re here to help you and your loved ones during this journey. Take the first step to total wellness by contacting us today.