Your child has been admitted to this unit because there is evidence that he/she is experiencing some emotional or behavioral problem, which is impacting his/her ability to function at home, in school, or in the community. He or she may be engaging in behaviors that are dangerous to him/her, or to others, or he/she may not be able to meet age-appropriate expectations in the home and/or at school.
Our patients come to us from a variety of environments and we recognize that each child has his/her own strengths and challenges. While we do our best to maintain consistency on our units, we also assess our units daily and try to adjust our programming to meet the needs of the milieu.
For safety reasons there are several items that are not on the units. Other items may also be considered inappropriate and will be determined at staff’s discretion.
All patient belongings will be checked-in when your child comes onto our unit. Inappropriate items will either be sent home with the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) or kept in patient storage. We try very hard to ensure the safety of our units, and need to be mindful of certain items and how they may be used. Please do not bring any valuables.
Patients complete a Release of Information upon intake, as well as receive a pin code for all phone calls. The Release of Information provides unit staff with information as to whom our hospital can release information to. The pin code is necessary for incoming phone calls to be transferred to our patients. Only parents/guardians and adults over 18 can visit the unit, unless prior approval received. ONLY 2 VISITORS are allowed at a time.
The safety of all our patients is our first concern on our child and adolescent units. Our highly professional staff has been trained in the use of proven techniques to help a patient cope with emotions that may have previously led to aggressive or self-injurious behaviors. In rare instances, we may need to take additional safety measures to protect all the patients on the unit.
If at any time during your child’s admission you have a question, concern, or complaint about the care we are providing, please do not hesitate to discuss it with your Social Worker and/or the Charge Nurse. If you do not feel you have received an adequate or appropriate response, contact Jennifer Macias, Director of Performance Improvement. Her contact information is listed below.