Cottonwood Creek Behavioral Hospital is excited to share that we are launching hour-long family education meetings twice a week at our hospital. These sessions offer a comprehensive overview of what patients and families can expect during their stay. For more detailed information, check out our new family handbook by clicking the link below. We’re dedicated to ensuring our patients and their loved ones feel informed and supported every step of the way.

Family Handbook

What To Expect 

Adult and adolescent patients and their families can expect:

  • To be in the care of a physician and treatment team for approximately 7-10 days
  • To bring 3 days worth of clothing items, with laundry and catering provided on site
  • To schedule family visitation with at least 4 hours notice (see visitation schedule for more details)
  • To be assessed by all disciplines within the first 24-48 hours of care
  • To see their physician daily
  • To see their social service provider every two days, and have a plan for discharge/safety plan prior to departing CCBH
  • To be actively engaged in treatment, including group and community activities (groups 2-3 times per day)
  • To be treated with dignity and respect and receive high-quality, evidence-based treatment
  • To have their privacy protected unless explicit permission is given from the patient/guardian

The First 24-48 Hours

Upon arrival, our compassionate team in the admissions department will complete the first of many assessments that will take place in the first 24-48 hours of your stay. Each assessment completed by each discipline (admissions, nursing, social services, psychiatry) determines your unique care needs. It’s a lot of questions, but these assessments help to set the foundation for your time here at CCBH.

Some of the major considerations we’ll assess include psychological conditions, behavioral issues, medical conditions, family dynamics, and vocational or supportive needs. You’ll be involved in decision making, and we’ll also involve your family, if possible. Our doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, and other professionals will work together to customize a treatment plan with you that outlines what we all hope to accomplish while you are in our care. You will have a voice and a choice in your treatment plan, from the very first day of treatment through to your aftercare plan.

The Next Three-Six Days

Once our treatment plan is in place, our team will offer the support you need to work toward achieving them. You’ll be provided with a detailed schedule each day that includes group therapy sessions, meal times, and other activities.

The hospital has a full-service cafeteria serving well-balanced meals. A registered dietitian can provide meal planning and consultations for special diets when necessary. Snacks and drinks are available on the unit.

Activities may include outdoor/indoor sports, art, music and yoga/meditation. Group therapy will focus on social skills, coping skills, harm-reduction strategies and safety planning. These are led by your Activity Therapists and Social Service team.

Your attending psychiatrist will visit with you on a daily basis to manage your medication regime and modify accordingly. Your nursing staff are available to you 24/7 and will help to field your questions and address your needs. Your social service staff will also meet with you individually several times throughout the week to modify your treatment plan as needed, develop your aftercare plan and establish a safety plan. Please do not hesitate to ask about a need, share a concern or request more information related to your care.

During this period of treatment, we’ll be working to establish family meetings/visitation, if possible. We believe your loved ones are an integral part of your aftercare plan, and we aim to include them whenever possible and supportive of your care.

The Last 24-48 Hours

Your social service staff will be working with you from the beginning to establish an aftercare plan and link you to outpatient services by coordinating follow up appointments and providing you information on your options after you discharge from CCBH.

You’ll be provided discharge paperwork and a copy of your aftercare plan, including instructions on medication refills and follow up appointment information with an outpatient provider.