Inpatient care is when you stay in the hospital for one or more nights so that you can get the treatment you need for your safety and health. You may need this service if you feel like you might hurt yourself or someone else, or if you just do not feel safe. You will get help that meets your immediate needs.
What happens in the hospital?
Before you are admitted into the hospital, staff will talk to you, or somebody who is with you, about services that you have had in the past.
If you are admitted to the hospital:
- A doctor will evaluate you. You may get some medical tests, like blood work or x-rays.
- A nurse and social worker will talk to you and ask questions to better know how to help you.
- The doctor may prescribe you medicine.
- If you agree, there will be family meetings and education on how to best support you.
- You will have individual and group therapy.
You may be asked to sign a lot of important papers. Ask questions about what you are signing and make sure you understand the information.
Help from a Treatment Team
A group of people, called a treatment team, will work together to help you get out of the hospital, back into the community, and moving toward recovery. Your treatment team should include:
- Your doctor, nurses, and social worker from the hospital
- People who helped you before you were in the hospital
- Family member(s) or anyone important to you that you want to be involved
You and your treatment team will make a plan for your recovery, called a treatment plan. It includes:
- Goals you want to work on
- The person who will help you work on those goals
- Target dates to reach your goals
- Community programs you can use to reach your goals
- What to do if you have an emergency, like who to call, the phone number, and where to go.
How to get Inpatient Services
Call us to learn about service providers who can meet your needs. If you are already seeing a counselor or therapist, you can talk to them.
If you are having an emergency, call 911.