Inpatient treatment is focused on treating acute symptoms and developing self-regulation skills. Treatment involves several components: the routine and structure of the hospital environment, assessment, individual and group therapy, medication, education, meditation, and recreation. All services are rendered under the direction of the admitting physician and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the medical staff.
Routine and structure are part of the inpatient mental health program. Staff members provide guidance and encouragement and help patients develop skills to improve functioning. The hospital is a safe place where the stressors and pressures of life outside of the hospital are minimized, providing the patient with an opportunity to focus on themselves and what led to their hospitalization.
Families are encouraged to be involved in treatment by providing information about circumstances related to the hospitalization, by learning about the illness and its management, and by helping identify and change patterns of interaction within the family that may contribute to difficulties for the patient.
Benefits of Program
The goal of inpatient hospitalization is to minimize symptoms and treat patient both medically and/or therapeutically via developing self-regulation skills so he or she may function adequately in a less restrictive treatment setting. We recognize that upon discharge there will likely be the need for continued treatment in an intensive outpatient setting. Because the ultimate goal is long-term improvement, the staff at Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital will make a good faith effort to develop and coordinate a comprehensive discharge plan. The discharge plan may include referrals to any number of outpatient services, including but not limited to: psychiatric appointments, individual therapy, day treatment, and support groups.
Our program is designed to relieve emotional suffering by offering patients an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. The components of the program, in addition to the structure and routine of the hospital environment are outlined below:
Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy - The group process is focused on thought processes and interpretations (perceptions) of events that contribute to behavioral and emotional difficulties. Reflective discussions enable the patient to gain insight and a sense of control over defeating thoughts and behaviors.
Educational Groups – Psycho-educational group session are aimed at increasing coping, understanding, and knowledge through education.
Individual/ Family Therapy – Individual and family therapy are designed to increase coping, understanding, and communication, as well as facilitate healing and a sense of understanding through effective communication and emotional expression.
Reflection - Daily reflections and handouts are provided to set intentions for the day. The reflection is meant to provide encouragement and motivation for change.
Meditation - The meditation focuses on relaxation techniques using music and visualization. These are very important skills to learn as they can greatly reduce stress and anxiety, combat cravings, and assists in re-creating a sense of wellness.
Care Coordination – Care Managers and Unit Therapists are available to assist with discharge planning to ensure continuity of care in the community. It is highly recommended that each patient take full advantage of the most intensive outpatient services available following their stay. Community resources and information are also provided, as needed, to meet individual needs.
If you or a loved one is dealing with a mental health issue and you need adult services that accommodate the any mental health condition, contact Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.