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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Family Based Mental Health Program

Southwood Hospital offers comprehensive programming for children and adolescents struggling with mental health disorders and any co-occurring disorders.

Understanding that the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive concerns that plague children and adolescents often affect their loved ones as well, Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is proud to offer intensive, home-based crisis stabilization services through its Family Based Mental Health Services program.

Within this program, our team of Master’s level clinicians and mental health workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week to provide crisis stabilization services, therapeutic interventions, family support, and case management for youth and their families if the young person is deemed at-risk by professionals within the following counties:

  • Allegheny County
  • Beaver County
  • Fayette County
  • Green County
  • Washington County

At-risk youth are defined as those young people who are at-risk for placement in a psychiatric program or those who have been recently discharged from an intensive mental health service (e.g. inpatient care). When these young people are considered at-risk, a referral to our program is made and caregivers have the option of partaking in the care offered in this program.

These services are intensive in nature and are designed to care for the needs of the whole family, not just the symptoms of a youth’s mental illness. Our team of professionals, who possess clinical expertise in facilitating these services, are on call for those who are engaged in this program so that the families receiving this care have ample support for the duration of treatment.

The goals for this program are to stabilize the family unit, provide ongoing treatment as a way to prevent the need for more intensive care in the future, and improve healthy functioning within a youth’s family so that a youth’s primary support system operates well as a unified whole.

At Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, we strive maintain our position as a leading mental health treatment provider by offering these invaluable services for young people and their families.

We provide care through this program for children and adolescents from birth to 18 years old who have a primary mental health disorder diagnosis. We can also address substance use if a young person is coping with these symptoms in conjunction with a primary mental health disorder diagnosis. 

In order to receive familybased services, a child or adolescent must undergo a psychological evaluation from a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist recommending the service or obtain a prescription letter from a physician who has cared for the child. Once our family-based therapists receive the referral for services, they will work with the referring provider to complete the intake process and begin services, if appropriate.  

I learned a lot during my stay here which helped me in my longer journey.

– Former client