Referrals to adult acute inpatient treatment may be made by any of the following: a psychiatrist and/or a physician, by the Department of Social Services, schools, family, courts, therapists, psychologists, Emergency Departments of Alegent Health hospitals or clergy.
Acute inpatient treatment is for adult patients with severe psychiatric needs. The goal is stabilization of the patient presenting symptoms and to restore him/her to an improved quality of life.
After initial evaluation by the physician, the interdisciplinary team will further assess the patient. These professionals collaborate with the patient and the patient’s family to draft a plan of care to begin the healing process. Progress is monitored closely, and when appropriate, the patient proceeds to the next level of care.
When a patient has been stabilized and achieved the maximum benefit from acute care, follow-up care will be offered on an outpatient basis. Alegent Health provides follow-up care through its outpatient programs in many convenient locations. The interdisciplinary team provides medical, biological, social, spiritual, behavioral and emotional support.