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What to Expect

What to Expect

After your child or adolescent has been accepted for admission at Laurel Heights Hospital, we send a comprehensive handbook to their parent or guardian. What follows is a brief overview of what you can expect.

During the admissions process, parents/guardians will also be asked to provide consent for treatment, sign releases of information so that the treatment staff can communicate with the patient’s outpatient treatment providers. Other members of the treatment staff may make contact in the week following admission in the event that they cannot meet with parents or guardians on admission day.

Laurel Heights Hospital provides all meals, snacks, bed linens and hygiene supplies (shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap).

We recommend that each patient bring a seven-day supply of clothing. Each unit is equipped with washers and dryers and laundry is done frequently. Please label all clothing with the patient’s initials using a permanent laundry marker.

  • Comfortable clothing (jeans, sweatpants, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts) with no strings or belts
  • Underwear and socks (no underwire bras)
  • Tennis shoes, sneakers or slip-on shoes (we do allow bungee laces or Velcro straps)
  • Jeans or trousers
  • Pajamas and/or a bathrobe (with no strings or ties)
  • Shirts or blouses
  • A hairbrush and/or comb
  • T-shirts and shorts for warm weather
  • Seven pairs of socks and seven pairs of underwear
  • Tennis shoes/sneakers (without laces or strings)
  • A bathing suit for summer wear (modest cut)
  • A light jacket or sweater
  • A heavy jacket, cap and gloves for winter wear

Please do not bring any heavy boots such as work, combat or cowboy boots. We do not allow belts, shoe strings or underwire bras. Slip-on shoes, bungee (elastic) laces or Velcro straps are permitted.

Patients may bring several items of significance (i.e., a toy, small blanket, stuffed animals, an inexpensive CD player or MP3 player without video/camera capability, etc.). However, please understand that in a group setting with other children, items can be broken or destroyed. Expensive items or items of sentimental value need to be left at home. Laurel Heights Hospital will not reimburse for broken or destroyed items.

Laurel Heights does not permit toy guns or other toy weapons, any video or other games with violent, criminal or adult themes. Music must not have explicit, violent or suggestive lyrics. Radios/CD players, hair dryers, electric razors and all other small appliances must be inspected by the maintenance department prior to use in order to help keep patients free from harm and have to be stored in a locked closet when not in use. Small appliances must also have a $25 value or less.

We’re Here to Help

Laurel Heights Hospital’s professional staff are ready to help find the best treatment options for your child. Call 404-888-5475 for a no-cost, confidential assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.