Personal toiletries: Each client is responsible for providing personal hygiene products such as shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant. Once clients reach Level 1 (usually after about 3 days) they are able to go on weekly trips to Target, etc. Some personal toiletry items, like sharps (e.g. razors, tweezers, scissors, etc.), toiletries in glass containers (e.g. perfume, nail polish, facial creams, etc.), and products containing alcohol (e.g. mouthwash, hand sanitizer, etc.) will be kept at the nurses station, and the client may check them out when needed. Because storage space at the nurses station is limited, please limit these items - sharps, glass containers, and products containing alcohol - to what will fit in a one gallon plastic storage bag. When possible, consider transferring some items in glass containers to plastic containers.
Comfortable clothing: Clients are encouraged to pack and wear comfortable clothing. A 7 to 10 day supply of clothing is recommended. Be prepared to get a little dirty sometimes. You will work with paint, clay and other materials in art therapy, food in our cooking classes and natural materials outdoors in our greenhouse and gardens. You also should pack clothes and shoes appropriate to wear while using our exercise room and gym.
Client Dress Code
A backpack or tote: Clients will be moving between facilities throughout the day without access to the residences between groups. A backpack, messenger bag, or tote will be helpful to carry the materials you need for groups along with a water bottle or other items needed during the day.
Water bottle: Stay hydrated! Bring a small water bottle to carry with you. Water fountains are available for refills.
Cell phones: Clients may have cell phones, however, a client's cell phone use can be restricted if it becomes disruptive to treatment.
Personal electronics: Battery-powered alarm clocks and electronics are preferred. Electronics with cords longer than 3 feet (e.g. hair dryers, curling irons, etc.) may be kept at the nurses station and checked out by the client when needed. Because storage space at the nurses station is limited, please bring no more than three items with cords longer than 3 feet. Outside a client's bedroom, headphones must be used. TVs are not permitted in client rooms. TVs with cable are available in community dayrooms. Tablet and laptop computers are permitted when a client reaches Level 3 by meeting treatment engagement expectations. If you choose, you may bring a tablet or laptop to your admission appointment, and we will store it securely for you until you reach Level 3. Desktop computers are not permitted.
Decorative Items for Room: Clients are encouraged to bring small personal items and mementos for the room. (Note that nothing can be nailed to the wall.) Photo frames should not contain glass.
Don’t overpack: Keep in mind that storage space is limited to one closet for each client. Please limit personal items to those that can be stored in a bedroom (with one dresser and one desk). Please limit your luggage to no more than 40 pounds per bag.
About Musical Instruments & Art Supplies: We celebrate the musical and artistic talents of our clients and encourage clients to incorporate music and art as part of their strategy to maintain health. However, because our residences are shared living spaces and our client rooms have limited storage capacity, we ask clients to adhere to a few rules. Clients are limited to one instrument. Drum sets must be table-top size. Headphones must be used with electric guitars, keyboards, etc. Instruments should not be played in common areas outside of the client's private room. The music room in the activity center is open during specific hours for clients to use freely. Clients may bring coloring books, crayons, pencils and markers. Please do not bring paints or canvasses. Clients will have access to the art room and a wide range of art materials from paints to ceramics during art therapy groups and during some evening hours.
For client safety: To ensure client safety, residential staff may require that some items be kept at the nurses station and checked out when in use. Some items, like razors and hair dryers, are listed above. The residential team may identify additional items when the client arrives at the residence.
Insurance cards: Please be sure the client has copies of all health insurance cards, including cards for dental or vision plans. Clients may require specialized or preventive care with healthcare providers in the community. The treatment team may assist with scheduling these appointments and arranging transportation. Access to these insurance cards is important to facilitate scheduling and billing.