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ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Admission criteria for Skyland Trail's psychiatric residential treatment and day treatment programs in Atlanta

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.

Potential clients need to demonstrate that they will be actively engaged in their recovery process. Treatment is successful only when clients commit to making  positive changes in their lives by taking prescribed medication (adult clients), participating in individual and group therapy, and practicing new skills and behaviors.

ADULTS

18 AND OLDER

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Adult Admission Criteria

Adult clients ages 18 and older must commit to participate positively and fully in treatment and be:

Adult 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

ADOLESCENTS

14–17 YEARS OLD

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Adolescent Admission Criteria

Teen clients and their families must be willing to positively participate in the treatment program. Clients should also meet these criteria.

Adolescent Exclusionary Criteria

Skyland Trail is a voluntary, unlocked facility, and our adolescent 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 (intellectual disability, organic disorder)
  • A primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, conduct disorder, or oppositional defiant disorder. Teens with a primary mood or anxiety disorder or OCD and co-occurring high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, conduct disorder, or oppositional defiant disorder may be considered.
  • Active behaviors related to an eating disorder or substance use disorder. Recent history of habitual alcohol or marijuana use may be considered.
  • Active self-harming behaviors depending on severity
  • Active psychosis requiring hospitalization. Teens with some active psychosis that is managed with medications may be considered.
  • Current or persistent suicidal or homicidal behavior requiring 24/7 supervision in a locked facility to prevent harm to self or others.
  • Recent or ongoing aggressive or violent behavior

READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP?

Contact our admissions team to learn how Skyland Trail can help you or your loved one.