Referring Patients to Inpatient Trauma Treatment

A treating mental health provider must refer you or your loved one to the program. After discharge, you will need both a therapist and psychiatrist to provide your care. For any questions related to referrals, referral status, and inpatient admissions, providers can reach our Care Navigators at 410-938-5000. 

The Trauma Disorders Program follows this inpatient admission process:

  1. The referring clinician fills out the referral packet [PDF] and submits it via fax to 410-938-5079. Please be aware that, due to privacy concerns, we cannot accept completed referral packets by email. The referring clinician is supported during the referral process by the admissions coordinator to answer specific questions and provide necessary guidance.
  2. The admissions coordinator may ask for additional information from your providers during the admissions evaluation. 
  3. The admissions coordinator notifies the referring provider about our admission decision. We base our decision on clinical findings, bed availability, and insurance status. 
  4. Patients who are clinically accepted to the program will be placed on the waitlist for bed availability. The Admissions Coordinator will maintain contact with the referring clinician regarding status on the waitlist.

Insurance Coverage for Inpatient Admission

Sheppard Pratt participates in a variety of insurance programs. Because every individual’s policy is different, we verify all benefits before admission. We work with:

  • Many major insurance plans (Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, etc.) 
  • Tri-Care/Champus
  • Many HMO networks - please contact your insurance provider to confirm our participation
  • Most managed behavioral health plans
  • Medicare 
  • Maryland Medical Assistance Program

It is the responsibility of the referring clinician to obtain the insurance pre-certification prior to the patient admitting to the unit. The admissions coordinator will contact the clinician to review this process.

Learn about inpatient information for patients.