Discharge Process & 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. Your loved one’s social worker is responsible for building a comprehensive, individualized discharge plan to ensure your loved one’s mental health needs are met once they are out of the hospital. They can also help you complete any required state forms and assist with arranging discharge transportation.
Please know that if your loved one is not returning to their current residence, it may take time to secure an appropriate placement for your loved one. We want to ensure that your loved one has the safety and support they need when they are out of the hospital. Your loved one’s social worker may ask you to take an active role in finding an appropriate placement, such as in a nursing home. The social worker will keep you updated about all progress made towards discharge.
For individuals who need a less intensive level of care, we may arrange appointments with a trusted outpatient geriatric psychiatrist or therapist who works with your insurance and/or medical assistance. For those who have a current outpatient treatment team, we will work directly with your provider to arrange for a smooth transition back to outpatient care.