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Frequently Asked Questions 

bullet How long will my child be here?
bullet What do you mean by Treatment Team?
bullet Can I visit my child at any time?
bulletWhat is Family Therapy?
bullet How will my child keep up with his/her schoolwork?
bullet What is a typical day like for my child?
bulletWhat can our family do to help?
bulletCan family and friends visit?
bulletCan my child go to church?
bullet Who can I call if I have questions regarding my child?
bulletHow much does it cost?
bullet What happens after my child leaves?
bullet Will my child be on medication?
bullet Will my child have a roommate or be in a separate room?
bulletHow are passes earned?
bullet Can my child come home for an overnight visit?
bulletHow is the unit staffed?
bullet How often does my child see a doctor?
bullet Is there anything I have to do when my child is ready to come home?

How long will my child be here?

                        How long your child remains with us depends of many factors.  The  severity of illness and your child’s motivation are key factors.  On average you can expect your child to be here 90 days.  Some children have a shorter stay while others  stay longer.  The decision regarding your child’s discharge from treatment will be made by the Treatment Team.  As you will be involved with your child’s treatment you will also be involved with the decision process.    Back to top

What do you mean by Treatment Team?

                        Treatment Team refers to our multidisciplinary approach to dealing with child and adolescent  mental illness.   Headed by our psychiatrist the team includes professionals in the areas of education, nursing, therapy, and other direct care staff.  The team meets weekly at which yours child’s progress and continuing treatment are reviewed and updated.     Back to top

Can I visit my child at any time?

                        We encourage parent involvement in maintaining contact with your child.  It is usually not beneficial to visit during the first 24 hours after admission. During this time your child will be going through a period of adjustment.  Our facilities have regularly scheduled visiting hours during the week and on Saturday and Sunday. Visits to your child are held in the Hospital dining room.    Back to top

What is Family Therapy?

                        Family Therapy is an opportunity for the child’s family or other caregivers to meet regularly with the child and the child’s primary therapist.  The purpose of these sessions is to discuss treatment progress and  family issues/dynamics.    Back to top

How will my child keep up with his/her schoolwork?

                        Willow Crest Hospital provides a fully accredited educational program staffed by state certified teachers.   Your child’s academic records will be requested and used by our teachers to formulate an appropriate educational curriculum geared specifically to your child.  After your child’s discharge Willow Crest Hospital will forward their school records to your child’s school.    Back to top

What is a typical day like for my child?

                        Your child has a busy day.  If your child is on the Latency Unit (children ages 5-11) their day begins at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m.  For Adolescent children, their day starts at 6:00 a.m.  and ends at 10:00 p.m.  During the day both groups are involved in activities such as: individual and group therapy sessions; a minimum of three hours of school; social communication, self-esteem, leisure, interpersonal skills training, conflict resolution, problem solving training and physical activities.     Back to top

What can our family do to help?

                        Stay involved.  Your cooperation and commitment to attend and participate in scheduled weekly and monthly family sessions is an integral part of your child’s treatment as well as helping you prepare for your child’s return home.     Back to top

Can family and friends visit?

                        During the admission process you will be given the opportunity to identify family members and friends who will be given visitation and phone privileges.  Only those individuals may have contact with your child during their stay.    Back to top

Can my child go to church?

                        Depending on your child’s condition, attendance at local places of worship will be facilitated.    Back to top

Who can I call if I have questions regarding my child?

                        Your child’s primary therapist should be your first contact with questions or concerns regarding your child’s treatment.  The therapist maintains a low therapist/patient ratio and is able to specifically answer most questions.  Other individuals you may contact include the charge nurse and physician.     Back to top

How much does it cost?

                        The majority of our patients qualify for state and federal Medicaid funding.  We also accept most private insurance.   For specific questions regarding your financial situation please contact a financial service representative in the business office 918-542-1836.     Back to top

What happens after my child leaves?

                        From the time of admission we plan for your child’s discharge.  Prior to actual discharge you will be given specific information regarding follow up care in your community.  This  may include the scheduling of outpatient counseling with a provider of your choice.  Adhering to the discharge plan is a key factor in the long-term outlook for you child.        Back to top

Will my child be on medication?

                        The  question of medication  is specific to the individual .  Whether your child receives any medication will be determined in consultation with your child’s assigned physician and you as the parent.    

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Will my child have a roommate or be in a separate room?

                        All patient rooms are semi-private.  Your child will have from two to three roommates.     Back to top

How are passes earned?

                        Passes which allow your child to leave the facility with you for periods of time are earned by your child.  Patients are rewarded for their progress and behaviors by using a points system.  As you child accumulates points in various categories passes or other privileges are earned.     Back to top

Can my child come home for an overnight visit?

                        Overnight visits home are not permitted.  Keep in mind that your child here is receiving intensive treatment and we want him or her to focus and concentrate without outside distractions.    Back to top

How is the unit staffed?

                        All units are staffed twenty-four (24) hours a day.   We employ Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Licensed Counselors, Registered Nurses and other professional to provide round the clock care for your child.     Back to top

How often does my child see a doctor?

            Within twenty-fours (24) hours of your child’s admission they will be seen by a Physician or Licensed Physician Assistant.  At that time your child’s complete medical history will be compiled and they will have a complete physical examination.  During your child’s stay they will have individual sessions with  their assigned  Psychiatrist at least one time per week.    Back to top

Is there anything I have to do when my child is ready to come home?

                        In most cases, your child will not be discharged from the Hospital on a weekend, rather discharges occur Monday thru Friday between 9:00a.m. and 3:00pm.  This helps insure that your child’s primary therapist or doctor is available if there are any remaining questions or matters that need to be discussed.  On the day of discharge you will be asked to visit with one of our business office representatives regarding any financial obligations you may have.    Back to top

 

 

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