Children can be admitted to our unit in a variety of ways:
They can be referred through the emergency room of a hospital
They can be directly referred by an outpatient treatment provider
They can be referred from school
Once a child has been referred from one of these sources, meets our admissions criteria, and we have a bed available, we will admit them to the unit. Upon arrival to the unit, we will complete a nursing assessment with the parent/guardian present (when possible); parents and guardians are very helpful when it comes to learning about the child and designing an individualized course of treatment.
We will also complete a skin assessment and safety search during the intake process to ensure that the child has not been experiencing any physical harm and is not bringing any contraband items onto the unit.
After the intake process, each family will get a tour of the unit and the child’s room (provided the unit is safe and calm at that time); we do our best to make sure that the family and child are comfortable with the unit environment before the parent/guardian leaves.