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 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.

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. Discharges occur between 12 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and we can be flexible with the time based on transportation needs.  You will receive a discharge instruction sheet with details about your loved one’s discharge plan.

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. 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. 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.