Discharge Timeline

We begin planning for discharge at the beginning of each individual’s stay; our goal is to get your loved one back into the community as soon as possible. We have a dedicated discharge coordinator on our treatment team. They are responsible for building an individualized discharge plan to ensure your loved one’s mental health needs are met once they are out of the hospital.

Patient progress and readiness for discharge is not always linear. We do our best to give you approximately 24 hours’ notice prior to your loved one’s discharge. You will receive a discharge instruction sheet with details about your loved one’s discharge plan.

Continuing Care

For individuals who need a less intensive level of care, we may arrange appointments with a trusted outpatient psychiatrist or therapist who works with your insurance and/or medical assistance; these appointments will take place within seven days of discharge. For those who have a current outpatient treatment team, we will work directly with the outpatient provider to arrange for a smooth transition back to outpatient care.

Others may not be ready to immediately return to the community; for those that need a step below the intensity of inpatient hospitalization, we offer an Adult Day Hospital at both our Towson and Ellicott City locations. At the Day Hospital, patients come for treatment during weekdays, and return to the comfort of their homes during evenings and weekends. Learn more about the Adult Day Hospital here. Depending on your loved one’s needs and diagnosis, the Sullivan Day Hospital, on Sheppard Pratt’s Towson campus, may be the best fit for their needs. Learn more about the Sullivan Day Hospital here.