One of the major steps in treatment is discussing where the patient will go and what kind of treatment they will receive. Very commonly the patient will first start in a lockdown treatment facility. This treatment facility will be structure to ensure that the patient develops proper habits and routines. Two of the facilities I would like to discuss today
An open or unlocked facility is far more open than a locked one. These facilities are for patients who suffer from mental illness but are not at risk of running away, harming themselves or others, and do not show signs of noncompliance.
All facilities have schedules that the patients follow.. A typical schedule will incorporate group therapy, individual therapy, CBT sessions, and psychiatric appointments if necessary. In the morning the patients will come to the facility and have breakfast. They may spend some free time talking to other patients and free time for themselves. Soon after they will have a scheduled activity such as CBT or group therapy. There they will meet with a psychologist who can initiate a topic such as negative self talk and how to address it. Patients will tell stories and receive advice and information about how to manage their symptoms. Then the patients will break again until they have another activity. They may have also scheduled visits with their therapist. Their therapist will discuss their current issues and feelings. The patient has the opportunity to share some sensitive information without having it shared with other people. Once a week the patient may meet with their psychiatrist, who will evaluate their meds and ensure that they continue to manage their symptoms.
Almost all facilities have a case manager. A case manager is a person who oversees the patient's treatment and helps the patient progress if they are not making progress. The case manager can speak to other treating staff members who report back on the patient's status. If a change is needed in the treatment plan, then the case manager may make adjustments.
Often residential treatment centers have a curfew. Curfew ensures that the patients do not run off or stay out too late drinking. Many centers demand regular drug testing to ensure that it is a sober area. Other rules may include being compliant with treatment and medications to ensure placement in the program. If the person is under conservatorship, their conservator may liaison with the conservator if the case manager to ensure that the conservatee is compliant..
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