What Patients Can Expect 

Our 12-bed, locked-door coed unit provides each patient with an individual bedroom and bathroom. This arrangement assures privacy and promotes a therapeutic environment.  

While on our unit, we will provide you or your loved one with:

  • Meals and snacks
  • Safe, appropriate activities
  • A private bedroom

In the inpatient unit, our expert team provides leading-edge treatments for trauma-related disorders. We offer one-on-one psychotherapy with a treating psychotherapist, as well as a variety of group therapy sessions. Learn more about trauma therapy.

What to Bring 

The average length of stay on our unit is about 28 days. However, we are not a “28-day program.” Some patients do not stay as long as 28 days, and others may stay longer. This depends on numerous factors, including clinical issues, insurance certification, and more. To make your stay as comfortable as possible, we recommend you bring items that can help you feel at home. Please note that upon admission both your person and your belongings will be searched by staff for prohibited items. This is for your safety, as well as the safety of others on the unit. We ask that you bring all needed items with you to admissions. Once admissions paperwork is signed, you will be unable to return to your car for additional belongings. 

Please see below or the FAQ for list of items that are not allowed per Sheppard Pratt hospital policy. If you bring anything on this list, we will have to place these in your luggage until you are ready for discharge. 

Throughout your stay, staff monitors all belongings to confirm that they are safe and appropriate. If a safety issue arises, we may remove some items, making them unavailable until your safety issues have stabilized sufficiently.  

Any items marked with an asterisk (*) must be kept at the nurses’ station and signed out for personal use at the discretion of the nursing team.

Comfort Items  

  • Snacks may be brought in at the time of admission and must be in their original packaging. They must be labeled and kept in the patient cubby in the kitchen area.
  • Visitors are not permitted to bring in food items.
  • Notify staff of any food allergies or specifications (e.g., gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian) before admission. 
  • Appropriate books – these will be screened by the staff on admission
  • Unbreakable, nontoxic items such as grounding beads, unframed pictures, and Koosh balls

Convenience Items

  • Two to three non-spiral-bound journals 
  • Calling card for outgoing long-distance phone calls
  • Pens without metal clips, metal tips, or internal springs
  • Up to $25 in cash, small bills, for personal use
    • All money not personally held will be sent to security until discharge
    • Money or credit cards would only be necessary for paying bills that are due, copays for refilled medication, or items deemed medically necessary

Clothing and Accessories

  • Casual, modest clothing free of potentially triggering logos or images. If in doubt about this, please check with the admissions coordinator before your arrival. 
    • Note: Clothing can have no more than 5% spandex or elastane (This does not include underwear, which may be over 5% spandex). If clothing tag is worn and content is not legible, the item will be stored in luggage until discharge.
  • Robe without ties
  • Shower shoes or flip-flops
  • Slippers for nighttime

Electronics and Media

  • MP3 player or iPod. Note: MP3 players with glass screens are not permitted.
    • Earbuds must be wireless.
    • Speaker cords must be less than eight inches long. Charging cords longer than eight inches will be stored in the Nursing Station and may be used only during therapy sessions. It is recommended that you bring a charging cord eight inches or less which can be kept in your room.
    • Nintendo Switch and games are permitted.

Please be aware that hospital policy forbids computers, iPads or similar devices, cell phones, and any item that can connect to the internet, or contains a camera. These will be stored in the security office or in your luggage. 

Please do your best to complete internet-based financial tasks: e.g., bill payment, mortgage/rent, etc. before admission, as you will not have routine access to the internet. 


  • One piece of luggage. We will send home any excess items or baggage.


  • Bar soap*
  • Dental floss*
  • Electric razors; electric razors: you may only use electric shavers on every 15 minute monitoring. Cordless or battery operated electric razors are recommended. 
  • Items containing alcohol (e.g., mouthwash, hairspray)*
  • Liquid toiletries (e.g., shampoo, lotion) must be in clear bottles with manufacturer labels in place. Note: If containers are not clear plastic, or liquid is too dark to see through, items will be kept in the nurses’ station and dispensed into small cups for each use. 
  • Paper nail files*
  • Sanitary pads and tampons*
  • Tweezers and nail clippers (can be used on the staff escort level only)*

If you have questions about the level system at Sheppard Pratt, please inquire/have your referring provider inquire of the admissions coordinator.

Items Prohibited Per Hospital Policy - No Exceptions Made

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Aerosol containers
  • Art supplies with metal or labeled as toxic
  • Batteries
  • Belts
  • Bleach/cleaning products
  • Bobby pins
  • Canes with heavy metal top
  • Cans
  • Can openers
  • Cassette tapes
  • CDs and CD players
  • Clothing with inappropriate logos or images
  • Clothing with numerous buckles/strings
  • Drawstrings
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • DVDs and books with sexual content, violence and/or obscene language
  • Elastic hairbands
  • Electric toothbrushes
  • Electronic fidget spinners
  • Essential oils
  • Eyelash curlers
  • Fans (electric or battery operated)
  • Flowers with thorns
  • Gauze wrap/cling wrap/ACE bandages
  • Glass/ceramics items
  • Hair dryers/curling irons/flat irons
  • Hair picks
  • Hangers both metal and plastic
  • Headphones/ear buds with cords
  • Heating pads including Thermacare pads
  • Heavy/metal belt buckles
  • Heavy boots
  • Herbal remedies or supplements
  • iPods with cameras, internet access or metal clips
  • Items that may have internet access/capabilities that may include but are not limited to: laptops, Kindle/Nook or other electronic reading devices, cell phones, iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch
  • Liquid glue
  • Jewelry that is heavy, sharp, or long
  • Journals with elastic bands
  • Knee high socks
  • Laundry baskets (plastic or mesh) or large plastic containers
  • Loofahs
  • Matches/lighters
  • Tobacco products
  • Metal hair accessories
  • Metal nail files
  • Metal picture frames
  • Mirrors
  • Musical instruments
  • Oil-based products
  • Pens with metal clips or extra fine or ultra-fine tips or internal springs
  • Permanent markers
  • Personal bedding and blankets
  • Personal electric appliances with cords
  • Personal towels/washcloths
  • Plastic bags
  • Purses, bags, or luggage with long straps
  • Recording devices (sound or images) including cameras or webcams
  • Rubber bands
  • Scarves/bandanas
  • Sharpeners of any kind
  • Sharps: paper clips, personal scissors, pins, razor blades, x-acto knives, etc.
  • Shaving cream
  • Shoelaces
  • Spiked heel or platform shoes
  • Spiral notebooks/3-ring binders
  • Splints/braces with metal, long straps or highly stretchable material
  • Staple-bound legal pads
  • Steel toe shoes
  • Straight razor blades
  • Stuffed animals
  • Tights/nylons/spandex clothing (more than 5% spandex is prohibited)
  • Toxic paint
  • Two-way radios and beepers
  • VHS tapes
  • Weapons of any kind

Receiving Mail

Patients are welcome to receive mail during a stay at The Trauma Disorders Program. However, patients cannot receive packages of items once admitted to the unit. This includes items being mailed, items dropped off by visitors, or items brought in by visitors.

Contact Us

A referral to the inpatient trauma disorders program begins when the referring provider contacts our Care Navigators at 410-938-5000.

Treating clinicians must download, fill out, and fax us a completed referral packet [PDF]. Our fax number is 410-938-5079. We do not accept referrals by email, as our email is not encrypted.