What to expect when you arrive at DDPC

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A nurse and social worker will greet you at the entrance. You may have your family, guardian, or significant person in your life accompany you or meet you at DDPC if you wish.  Some people find this helpful in decreasing the anxiety they may be experiencing about the transfer to DDPC.  Once you arrive in the admissions area, the physician specializing in the admissions process will ask you some simple questions about your medical/mental health history and medications, likely similar to questions you've been asked before by medical professionals.  After the physician completes his or her admission paperwork, your personal items will be screened for safety and written in your record.  As long as they are not deemed to be unsafe (ex: knives, lighters), you will be able to keep your personal possessions with you in your room.  Once the intake process is complete, the nurse will take you to your assigned unit; at that time you will be given a brief tour and a meal or snack, depending on the time of day.  You will meet with your assigned unit physician and treatment team members on the next business day.  Our main goal at DDPC is to work WITH you in a collaborative manner to help you feel more safe, healthy and empowered to return to the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get my own room?
Most of our rooms are set up to accommodate 2 people. They are spacious; you will have your own bed, chair, night stand, over bed light, and closet.  DDPC strives to keep all persons safe at all times, you will not be put in a room with anyone that would compromise your safety or harm you.

Can I smoke?
DDPC allows smoking outside in designated areas, at specific predetermined “pass” times throughout the day. You are responsible to provide your own tobacco products, which will be stored safely for you.
For at least the first several days, you will be accompanied by staff when going outside. Your level of on grounds independence at pass times is determined by your treatment team as they get to know you, and is based on safety and your comfort level.

Can my family/friends call and visit?
DDPC encourages healthy relationships and believes in maintaining contact with your natural support system. Therefore, a patient phone is accessible on each unit. You may receive and place calls from this phone.  If you plan to place long distance calls, a calling card is recommended, as the unit phone is generally for local calls only. Visiting hours are between the hours of 11:30 am and 8:00 pm.

Will I be confined to a locked unit all day and night?
Although you will be on a locked unit, there is much opportunity for movement off the unit, on and off the hospital campus, usually with staff accompanying you. These opportunities may also increase as your level of independence increases, which is determined by your treatment team, based on your safety, comfort level, and legal status. You may also be granted permission to go off grounds with friends or family if your treatment team determines that it is beneficial for your treatment and recovery.

Treatment that we offer at DDPC

In addition to medication, which you may or may not be currently taking, we offer and strongly encourage participation in some of the following treatment options:

  • Individual therapy (Monday-Friday) Therapy may be recommended as part of your treatment and is also available to those that feel that they may benefit from individual counseling sessions.
  • Educational groups (Monday-Friday, on and off unit) The groups cover multiple topics, such as relapse prevention, medication information, symptom management, nutrition, stress management, managing emotions and current events, to name a few.
  • Therapeutic recreation (7 days per week) Some of the programs offered by the recreation department include a gymnasium, weight room, recreation center with pool and ping pong tables, bingo, ceramics, clay workshop, walk groups, greenhouse, jewelry making and other craft activities. The rec department offers trips off campus to those that are permitted. They go to various places, such as bowling, swimming, nature hikes, fishing, and tennis.
  •  Occupational therapy (Monday-Friday) The occupational therapy department offers groups and individual opportunities to assist in improving skills in any areas you may need, such as money management, meal planning, cooking, bus training, computer skills, education (such as GED preparation), and accessing resources available in your community.
  • Vocational services (Monday-Friday) Our vocational services specialist is available to help explore career and/or volunteering interests and options available to you.
  • Chaplain services Our chaplain is available to meet your spiritual needs while respecting your individual beliefs and practices. We also offer church services, Catholic and Protestant.
  • Substance abuse (Monday-Friday) Individual counseling and support with substance use issues is available, as are groups, such as AA.

Shortly after arriving at DDPC you will receive a welcome kit which includes much more detailed information about our facility, your treatment team, unit guidelines, as well as some personal toiletry items.