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As a psychiatrist, I feel reassured and fortunate to have Skyland Trail as a resource for some of my most challenging patients. For nearly 15 years I have referred patients, knowing they were going to receive state-of-the-art treatment along with compassionate care.

– Dr. Brian Teliho, Atlanta Center for TMS

Admissions Criteria

Criteria for admission to the psychiatric residential treatment and day treatment programs at Skyland Trail

Clients are admitted to the mental health residential treatment and day treatment programs at Skyland Trail voluntarily on referral from a mental health professional or organization. We also welcome self and family referrals. Admissions counselors are readily available to answer your questions about how Skyland Trail can help you, your client or your loved one. 

In addition to the applicant's commitment to participate positively and fully in treatment, the following eligibility criteria apply:

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Exclusionary Criteria

Skyland Trail is a voluntary, unlocked facility, and our clients must be willing and able to participate in group activities. Skyland Trail does not accept applicants with one or more of the following diagnoses or symptoms:

  • Significant cognitive impairment (Alzheimer's, dementia, intellectual disability, organic disorder)
  • A primary diagnosis of substance abuse, eating disorder, autism spectrum disorder, or some personality disorders
  • Substance abuse requiring medical detoxification
  • Current or persistent suicidal or homicidal behavior requiring 24/7 supervision in a locked facility to prevent harm to self or others. Many individuals with recurring thoughts of suicide or suicidal ideation may be safely supported at Skyland Trail.
  • Recent or ongoing violent behavior
  • Eating disorder requiring medical attention
  • Primary diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Financial Commitment

Please note that Skyland Trail does not accept Medicare or Medicaid.

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Is our program right for you?

Our mental health residential treatment program is recommended when clients are:

  • experiencing their first episode of psychosis or mental illness
  • discharging from an inpatient psychiatric hospital
  • at high risk of impulsive suicide attempts
  • having significant difficulty with medication adherence
  • unable to attend treatment independently due to symptoms
  • unable to engage in treatment while living at home (for example: the home is unsafe due to violence or drug use)

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Our psychiatric day treatment program often is recommended when:

  • traditional outpatient care is not successful
  • clients are likely to adhere to medications and fully participate in treatment
  • clients have a lower risk of impulsive suicide attempts

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Admissions FAQ

  1. Can I smoke or vape?
    Effective November 15, 2018, Skyland Trail is a 100% Nicotine Free Campus. There are no areas where smoking, vaping, or tobacco use is permitted on any Skyland Trail owned or leased property, indoors or outdoors.

    Residential clients may not use or possess tobacco or nicotine products, expect for approved nicotine replacement products.

    Day treatment and IOP clients may not use or possess nicotine or tobacco products on campus and may not leave campus during treatment hours. Day treatment and IOP clients are strongly encouraged to refrain from use of nicotine or tobacco products off campus during non-treatment hours.

    Clients in outpatient services, employees, vendors, and visitors may possess tobacco- or nicotine-related products and paraphernalia only in locked personal vehicles.
  2. Do you have separate program tracks for different ages?
    Assignment to most program tracks, or recovery communities, is based on your diagnoses or psychiatric symptoms regardless of your age. The CBT, DBT, and Dual Diagnosis recovery communities include clients of all ages.

    Two of our recovery communities do consider age as a criteria for participation. The Cognition and First Episode recovery community is for young adults ages 18 to 25 with a thought disorder or symptoms of psychosis. Similarly, the Social Integration recovery community is for adults ages 26 and older who experience chronic symptoms of psychosis.

    Our residential campuses are divided by age. Young adult clients ages 18 to 24 reside at the Rollins Campus, and clients ages 25 and older reside at the South Campus.

    Separate residential communities allow clients to participate in more age-appropriate social activities and therapeutic support groups on evenings and weekends.
  3. Do you have specialized support for LGBTQ individuals?
    Several aspects of our psychiatric treatment program make Skyland Trail an effective and welcoming environment for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer or Questioning) adults – including cisgender, transgender, agender, genderqueer, and gender questioning individuals – who are experiencing mental illness.

    Learn more about how we meet the unique needs of LGBTQ clients
  4. Do you accept Medicaid or Medicare?
    Medicare and Medicaid do not cover our services at any level of care.
  5. Do you accept private insurance
    Our residential treatment program is in-network with many plans offered by Aetna and Magellan. It is non-contracted and private pay only for all other insurance carriers.

    Our nonresidential programs, including our day treatment and intensive outpatient programs are covered by a number of insurance companies. Most clients who begin in our residential level of care transition to a nonresidential level of care as their symptoms and skills improve.

    Over an average 4 month treatment stay, most clients use some combination of private pay and insurance benefits to cover the costs of program fees and professional services.

    Read more about program fees and insurance
  6. Do you address trauma?
    Skyland Trail provides trauma-informed care. Many clients enter our program with the goal of addressing trauma, but most clients do not yet have the skills in place to discuss and process their trauma in a healthy way.

    Our goal is to improve our clients’ ability to manage stress and emotions in the present moment – to better understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, how they are connected, and how they can be managed in a healthy way. When they graduate from Skyland Trail, they will have these skills in place and will be in a better position to continue their therapeutic work processing their trauma with a therapist in the community.

    We don’t ignore trauma. We acknowledge it with compassion, but our focus is really on building the prerequisite skills to deal with the trauma safely for long-term results.
  7. Do you accept involuntary clients?
    Skyland Trail is a voluntary program, and all of our campuses are unlocked. Clients must be willing to stay on campus, engage fully in treatment activities, take medications as prescribed, and meet expectations for respectful and safe behavior. A person who is not entering treatment voluntarily or who is an elopement risk would not be a good fit for our program.

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Admissions Team

Contact our admissions team with your questions or to start your recovery journey today.

Call 866-504-4966