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Please review the following guidelines to ease your admission and stay at Highlands Behavioral Health System …

Welcome to Highlands Behavioral Health System. We trust you will benefit from your treatment here. Please review this information to prepare for your stay. Additional information is outlined in the unit handbook provided at admission.  You may also call with any questions at 720.348.2800.

Arrival:  Once you arrive at HBHS, an Intake Clinician will meet with you to complete the admission process and orient you to the hospital. Intake staff will search your personal effects. Unit staff will conduct a thorough search of your clothing and pockets to ensure safety. You will then be brought onto the unit to begin treatment.

Patient ID Number:  This number will be provided to you at the time of admission to protect your privacy. Provide your patient ID number to your family and friends.  Without this ID number, HBHS staff can neither confirm nor deny your patient status to any individual who may call or visit the hospital.

Visitation:  No more than two visitors are allowed per patient at one time. Children having completed 6th grade or higher must present a photo ID. No child under 13 years old may visit. Visiting is not allowed in patient rooms. Group rooms on each unit provide privacy for visits.

No cell phones, purses, or briefcases are allowed; visitors should leave personal effects in their cars. Highlands Behavioral Health System reserves the right to check the identification of any visitors arriving to pick up a discharged patient.

Visiting Hours

Compass Adult Unit

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday……………………………………………… 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Horizon Adult Unit

Monday, Wednesday, Friday…………………………………………………………. 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Saturday………………………………………………………………………. 11:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Cell Phone use is restricted at HBHS to create a quiet environment and protect patient confidentiality.

Phone Calls from family and friends are encouraged. The main telephone number is 720.348.2800.  Callers must have your Patient ID number. Calls will be routed to the appropriate Unit staff. Staff will take a message if you are engaged in treatment. You will receive the written message and can return calls during unit-specified phone times.

Valuables should be sent home with a family member.

What to Bring:

  • Athletic /shoes tennis shoes (No Shoe Laces, Velcro will be provided)
  • Shorts- to knee only
  • Capri’s
  • 3 pants/sweatpants/leggings without strings
  • Skinny Jeans
  • 3 shirts/ sweat shirt
  • 5 underwear
  • Bras (no underwire)
  • Chest Binder
  • Jacket/coat worn off unit if going outside only
  • 1 set of appropriate night wear- PJ shirt/pants
  • Eye glasses/contacts
  • Plastic piercings if able to remove metal piercings
  • 1 hair tie without metal
  • Personal Hygiene products are supplied
  • Laundry facilities available- detergent provided
  • Robe without a tie
  • 1 Comfort item (blanket, pillow, stuffed animal)
  • Wedding bands only

What Not to Bring:

  • Clothing that is revealing or immodest
  • Studded/torn cloths
  • No tube socks
  • Items with strings or loose knit clothing
  • Any clothing items with a hood
  • Shorts-to knee only
  • Tank tops/spaghetti straps
  • Underwire bra
  • Books/journal(hospital provides)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Cologne perfume after shave
  • Metal piercing or long chains necklace large rings large buckles
  • Belts scarves suspenders ties
  • Make up hair iron hair dryers
  • Lighters
  • Electronic devices
  • Hooded Jackets

Smoking is allowed for adults at designated times.

Meeting with the Doctor: If you arrive after 12 Noon, you may not see a psychiatrist until the next morning.

Average treatment is 5-7 days to provide you with enough treatment to return home safely and to develop the tools to prevent future hospitalizations. The 72-hour hold may be extended as a short-term certification if you are deemed unsafe to return home after 72 hours and are unwilling to sign in voluntarily.