Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

Our inpatient program is designed to stabilize the patient experiencing a crisis in an acute care, holistic treatment setting. The program serves adults who require a safe setting. Our multidisciplinary treatment team provides 24-hour nursing care, social services, and activity therapy.   Patients are seen daily by either a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

We recognize that emotional, behavioral, and substance use problems can affect all areas of a person’s life. Our individualized treatment program is tailored to address each person’s unique problems and needs.

Treatment services are focused on helping patients develop the necessary coping skills to deal with the issues that led to the need for hospitalization and to evaluate and manage each patient’s medication. We encourage the empowerment of our patients to take the first steps in addressing their acute psychiatric problems. The primary objective of the inpatient program is to guide our patients in reaching a point of stabilization working alongside the treatment team to lessen psychiatric symptoms. Throughout the inpatient treatment experience, we work together with our patients and their families to encourage the best possible outcome and ongoing plan for success.

Adult (ages 18 to 54) Inpatient Admission Criteria

Patients admitted to the Adult Inpatient Unit will meet the following criteria:

  • Persons seeking or requiring treatment for a mental illness will have a primary diagnosis recognized by the current edition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders;
  • Persons seeking admission will preferably be admitted on a voluntary basis, although involuntary admissions will be accepted;
  • Persons are able to participate in the therapeutic process;
  • There is a reasonable expectation that the presenting symptoms can be reduced or controlled;
  • There is a degree of medical stability that does not require ongoing, significant active, or invasive medical treatment for management.

Geriatric (age 55+) Inpatient Admission Criteria

Patients admitted to the Geriatric Inpatient Unit will meet the following criteria:

  • Suicidal or homicidal ideations
  • Self-mutilation behaviors
  • Severe mood swings
  • Aggressive or assaultive behaviors
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions/ Paranoia
  • Manic symptoms
  • Sleep/appetite disturbances
  • Significant social withdrawal
  • Depression severe enough to cause disordered or bizarre behavior
  • Sexually inappropriate behavior
  • Psychotropic medications that require (daily) close/ continuous skilled medical observation
  • Cognitive behavior disorder that endangers the welfare of patients/ others (disorientation or memory impairment)
  • No Primary Dementia Diagnosis. We can consider early-stage Dementia behaviors (i.e. Aggression with Behavioral Disturbances). These would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with Provider.

Exclusion Criteria:

Patients admitted to the Adult Inpatient unit will not be admitted if the following are present:

  • The person has significant active or invasive medical treatment needs;
  • The person is under a criminal court order for treatment;
  • The person is in need of a forensic treatment setting;
  • The person has a history of sexually perpetrating or is a registered sexual offender;
  • The person is actually in need of a long-term treatment setting;
  • The person’s primary diagnosis (or diagnoses) is/are: substance abuse, substance dependence, dementia, mental retardation, malingering and/or antisocial personality disorder.