Beginning Your Stay at The Retreat
Before you arrive on our campus, we get to know you over the phone.
About your stay: We talk to you about your history, why you are considering a stay with us, and how treatment at The Retreat can benefit you.
Tour: You can arrange for a tour of our facility to ensure you are comfortable before joining us for your stay.
Payment: The Retreat is a self-pay facility that requires payment for the first 20 days of your stay upon arrival. We work with you to help make arrangements for admission.
Walking through the door on your first day may not be easy. We are here to guide you every step of the way. You will quickly acclimate to the welcoming environment as we go through the day together.
Here’s what to expect once you arrive:
Arrival and Tour
When you arrive, we place your belongings in the nursing office until we can go through them together. We take you on an in-depth tour of The Retreat. You’ll see the extensive grounds, featuring gorgeous landscapes and walking trails, as well as our manicured courtyards and cozy lounge areas.
Paperwork and Initial Payment
After the tour, our admissions coordinator reviews and completes the admissions paperwork with you. We also collect your initial payment.
Confidential information releases
Other items for you to review
Meeting With Your Treatment Team
Before starting mental health rehab, you’ll meet your team:
Meetings with your doctors: With your permission, the family therapist meets with your family or the person who escorted you to The Retreat. This meeting typically takes place while you are meeting with your nurse or doctor. At this time, we also invite your family member or the person who escorted you to The Retreat to stay for lunch.
Treatment team meetings: You have additional appointments throughout the day with your nurse, psychiatrist, and a physician’s assistant (PA).
Meeting with nurse: Our nursing staff meets with you privately to complete a nursing assessment, where we ask you about your mental and physical health, as well as some questions to help us get to know you.
Meeting with psychiatrist: You and your psychiatrist get to know one another during this meeting to discuss your history and review your medications. Your psychiatrist also makes decisions as to the level of escort that is most appropriate for you. Generally, we place most residents on “staff escort” for the first several days after admission, which means a staff member accompanies you when you’re not in your unit.
Meeting with PA: Later in the day, a physician’s assistant takes your medical history and performs a physical examination.
Our staff escorts you to your room and:
Helps you unpack and make your private suite comfortable
Ensures that you have not brought any unsafe items with you that need to be sent home
Reviews meal times and location for our breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets
The nursing staff conducts rounds throughout the day, evening, and night to ensure that you are settling in well. A member of the nursing staff escorts you to all groups and meals until you feel comfortable in your new environment.
If there is time on your first day, we encourage you to attend groups and eat meals with your peers — it often helps relieve any anxiety you may experience.
On the morning of your second day, we will complete lab work.
Accommodations at The Retreat
Our private residential rehab space is located on Sheppard Pratt’s beautiful flagship campus in Towson, Maryland. We offer the appropriate level and intensity of care you need to heal in a modern and elegant setting.
Our accommodations include:
- Private, unlocked suites with full bathrooms, cable, and Wi-Fi
- Access to a local health club with a swimming pool
- Socialization in common areas, including a beautiful outdoor courtyard
- Technology use, including cell phones, tablets, and laptops
- Proximity to an international airport, restaurants, and museums in downtown Baltimore, as well as Washington and Philadelphia
As an unlocked facility, we respect your independence at The Retreat. When you are safe and stable in your environment, we give you the freedom to explore our breathtaking 87-acre campus while accompanied by staff. Our campus has access to extensive walking trails, historical sites, and a museum.
Those admitted to The Retreat must function at a level where they do not need a locked unit, seclusion, or restraint. At The Retreat, residents have the rights and responsibilities commensurate with an open door policy, which includes free access to leave the grounds during unscheduled periods, following an initial observation period.