Mental Health Conditions can
become life-threatening and Highlands' philosophy
regards them as treatable medical illnesses.
Emphasis is placed on learning skills to sustain
recovery. Family meetings are utilized to strengthen
patients on their road to recovery.
OUR PROGRAM CONTINUUM:
Highlands Behavioral Health System offers the
following psychiatric care options for adults:
Adult Acute Inpatient
The acute inpatient program treats adults in an
intensive therapeutic structure, providing medical
and psychiatric stabilization and 24-hour nursing
care for patients experiencing critical symptoms. It
offers a comprehensive treatment approach to
stabilizing acute psychiatric symptoms in adults of
Patients in crisis will find a safe and structured
environment that offers compassion and hope. A
multi-disciplinary treatment team including
physicians, nurses, activities therapists and social
workers create individualized treatment plans, with
a special emphasis placed on medication management,
as well as individual, group and family therapy.
The ultimate goal of treatment is to stabilize the
immediate crisis and enable recovery with skills to
promote personal and emotional development,
relationship building and independence.
Interventions are designed to provide patients with
practical tools to manage their symptoms improve
their coping abilities. A primary focus of treatment
is placed on relapse prevention and education.
To reduce the need for future hospitalization,
effective discharge planning is critical. Staff
works towards identifying and coordinating community
resource support and aftercare services to assist
each patient in meeting their goals. Whenever
possible, and clinically appropriate, a patient's
family is engaged in the therapeutic process. Family
or social support involvement is seen as being
critical with successful recovery.
Adult Treatment Components
Treatment for each adult is administered by a
multi-disciplinary team of mental health
professionals led by a psychiatrist. Team members
The treatment process begins
with a comprehensive evaluation to help diagnose any
underlying medical or biochemical origins of
disease. An individualized plan of care is written
to meet the special needs of each patient.
Therapeutic components may include: