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.) 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.
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: MP3 players, iPods, and Walkman-style radio/CD players are allowed. Battery-powered alarm clocks and electronics are preferred. Electronics with cords longer than 3 feet (e.g. hair dyers, curling irons, etc.) may be kept at the nurses station and checked out by the client when needed. 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.)
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.
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.