Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Seeking treatment for your child is an extremely difficult decision to make. At Southwood Hospital, our admissions team will help guide you along the admissions process every step of the way from finding the right program fit to navigating the financial options.

Admissions Overview

Parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who could benefit from the care offered by Southwood Psychiatric Hospital can contact our admissions staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to inquire about the services that are provided. Should it become realized that a youth is requiring the type of treatment featured at Southwood, face-to-face mental health assessments can be completed with one of our Master’s level clinicians or nurses every day of the week as well.

Learn about our admissions criteria.

Programs We Offer

Acute inpatient care: Individuals admitted into this program must be between the age of 4 and 18 years old and suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition or conditions. Additionally, these services are most appropriate for those displaying concerns that make them a potential risk for harm to themselves or others.

Once an evaluation with our staff is complete, all necessary patient information is reviewed by one of our child psychiatrists and a recommendation for treatment is made. Depending on the youth’s needs, a child or adolescent can be admitted into Southwood’s acute inpatient program or one of our psychiatric residential treatment programs. The following criteria needs to be met in order for a young person to be admitted into one of these programs:

CHOICES PRTF: Southwood includes residential care for males between the ages of 10 and 21 who are grappling with symptoms synonymous with a mental illness and sexually maladaptive behaviors. Youth in this program must be admitted by the time they are 18 and can continue to receive care until they are 21 years old.

IDD/ASD Program: Males between the ages of 6 and 21 can access the services available in the IDD/ASD program if they are struggling with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, or other cognitive concerns that require more intensive care and supervision during the course of treatment.

Additionally, children and adolescents most appropriate for the CHOICES and IDD/ASD programs also present with the following concerns:

  • Impulse control concerns
  • Aggression
  • Psychomotor retardation or excitation
  • Affective or functional impairments
  • Psychosocial impairment
  • Significant thought or cognitive impairments

Lastly, Southwood includes Family Based Mental Health Services for at-risk youth, of which can be accessed via a referral from professionals in the counties of Beaver, Washington, Fayette, and Green.

Whatever your child’s mental health treatment needs may be, let Southwood Psychiatric Hospital be your provider of choice.

I give Southwood a big thanks — they were the help that I have been looking for. The staff was wonderful!

– Former client