Our Adult Acute Units serve patients with severe psychiatric depressive or anxiety disorders, substance abuse or detoxification needs. The units are operational seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The goal is to stabilize the patient’s present symptoms and to return them to their previous level of functioning.
Patients on this unit are treated with various psychotherapies to gain insight and improve their coping and relational skills. These units are designed using Planetree philosophies of patient centered care.
After initial evaluation by the physician, patients will be further assessed by the interdisciplinary team. This team of professionals in collaboration with the patient and their family will draft a plan of care to begin the healing process. Progress is monitored closely and when appropriate, the patient proceeds to the next level of care. Referring agents are kept informed throughout the treatment.
An interdisciplinary team provides medical, biological, social, spiritual, behavioral and emotional support. Patients will receive:
- individual counseling
- group therapy
- community groups
- basic living skills
- medical teaching to further understand the patient’s disorder and treatment
- psychological evaluation/assessment
- recreational therapy
- spirituality groups
- dietary activities
- strong family system involvement
Referrals to acute psychiatric service can be made directly by a psychiatrist and/or physician, by the Department of Health and Human Services, schools, family, courts, therapists, psychologists, hospital emergency departments, community agencies or clergy.
Our Special Care Units (SCU) provide acute crisis intervention and intensive psychiatric care to patients who are in immediate danger to themselves or others. The environment focuses on maintaining patient safety while assuring the dignity and respect of each patient is maintained. There are designated beds for patients with medical, surgical and psychiatric problems.
Patients admitted to the SCU must have a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Patients may be voluntarily or involuntarily admitted to this unit.
An initial evaluation of the patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs is completed by psychiatric nurses and psychiatrists to determine the patient’s priority health needs. Further specialty assessments are completed by the interdisciplinary team as needed. This team of professionals, in collaboration with the patient and their family, develop a plan of care to stabilize the acute crisis. Progress is closely assessed and the patient is moved to the acute unit once the intensive level of care subsides.
Referrals to the Special Care Unit can be made directly by a psychiatrist and/or physician, by the Department of Health and Human Services, schools, family, courts, therapists, psychologists, hospital emergency departments, community agencies or clergy.
Adult Inpatient Detox and Dual Disorders Services
The primary goal of the inpatient program is to provide medical supervision to patients undergoing withdrawal from addictive substances. Living and working with others who are experiencing similar problems, patients come to understand that they suffer from an illness. In this supportive environment, learning to live without chemicals is the long-term goal.
Admitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all patients are assessed by a physician before medical treatment may be initiated. Patients are seen daily by their psychiatrist or attending physician. During the initial period, patients will go through a comprehensive evaluation and screening process to determine if the patient needs medical detoxification or acute inpatient care. If it is determined the patient is not in need of acute services, he or she will be referred to the next level of care.
Following assessment, an interdisciplinary team develops an Individualized Treatment Plan for the patient to set goals. The team assists the patient through the treatment process at his or her own pace. Care of the patient’s physical, psychological and spiritual needs is the focus of treatment. Patients are discharged when their detoxification is complete and ongoing treatment plans are in place.
Adult Services Family Treatment
We believe chemical dependency and mental illness are a primary illness as well as a family illness. Significant others and all family members are affected by living with loved ones who abuse alcohol or chemicals, and/or who suffer from mental illness.
Family therapy is an essential element of treatment for patients. When family members are involved in treatment with the patient, the rate of sobriety and improved mental status is increased significantly. The goals of family therapy include helping the family members/significant others better understand the disease, the stages of recovery and how the family dynamics are affected by the addiction or mental illness and providing support for the family during the treatment process. Issues of responsibility and accountability are explored and clarified.
Family therapy may involve married couples, parent-child relationships, extended family relationships and committed adult relationships.
Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have about the treatment plan. Appointments can be set up through the physician, nursing staff, care manager or program therapist.
When a patient has been stabilized and reached the maximum benefit from acute behavioral care, follow-up care will be offered on an outpatient basis. Alegent Health Psychiatric Associates provides outpatient follow-up care in many convenient locations.
Follow-up services are offered by a team of professionals. A patient is matched with the most appropriate care provider from the team. The goal of these services is to assist the patient in his or her transition into the community. Duration of services depend upon the severity of the patient’s illness and amount of natural support in the patient’s environment. The ultimate goal is strengthening the natural support network. The staff maintains communication with referral sources on an ongoing basis as needed.
For more information about the Alegent Health Center for Mental Health, inquire online or call 1-402-717-HOPE (4673).