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ADMISSIONS PROCESS

How to Admit or Refer to Skyland Trail

Skyland Trail accepts referrals from professional and non-professional sources to our psychiatric residential treatment and day treatment programs. While professionals are an important referral source, we welcome family and self-referrals as well.

All adult and adolescent clients must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the day of admission.

First 4 Steps for All Admissions

The following four steps begin the admissions process for adult residential treatment, adult day treatment, and adolescent residential treatment. Residential clients must complete additional steps to ensure clients and staff in our residential communications are protected from COVID-19.

STEP 1

Informational Call

STEP 2

Financial Counseling

STEP 3

Get Medical Records

STEP 4

Admissions Assessment

Learn More First 4 Step for All Admissions

Step 1: Information Call

Call us to discuss your needs and our program. Our foremost goal is to assure that Skyland Trail is a good fit and that we offer the level of care you need. 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.

Step 2: Financial Information

If, after an initial conversation with our admissions team, you decide you would like to learn more about potential admission to Skyland Trail, we will schedule a call with our financial counselor. Because every client and situation is unique, Skyland Trail provides up-front financial counseling for each client and family. A number of private insurance companies cover Skyland Trail services; however, as with other health treatment, insurance does not typically cover the entire cost of the program or the recommended length of stay for a full recovery. The financial counselor will also provide information about our financial aid program. If you and our financial counselor determine that adequate resources are available for you or your loved one to benefit from treatment at Skyland Trail, we will schedule an assessment interview.

Step 3: Medical Records

Skyland Trail must receive the client's medical records before we can schedule an assessment appointment. With your consent, Skyland Trail will request records from previous mental healthcare providers, but the process often moves more quickly when families get involved and ask providers to share records as well.

Adult and adolescent clients must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 prior to admission and provide proof of vaccination.

Adult and adolescent clients must provide proof of vaccination with the CDC-approved seasonal flu vaccine or be willing to receive the flu shot from Skyland Trail on the day of admission.

Adolescent immunizations: To protect the health of our clients and staff, all adolescents must provide a current record of immunizations prior to admission. The record should show dates for all vaccines on the CDC's Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for ages 18 years or younger and be signed by a licensed physician or public health official.

Step 4: Assessment Interview

The next step in the admissions process is for the applicant to have an assessment interview on our campus or over the phone with one of our admissions counselors. If an individual is hospitalized in Atlanta we may be able to send an admissions counselor to the hospital to complete the assessment. The interview lasts approximately 1–2 hours and is typically one-on-one with the potential client. For adolescent clients, we conduct an additional 30-minute interview with the potential client's parents or guardians. We will ask questions about the applicant's physical and mental health history, current symptoms, use of alcohol or drugs, previous treatment outcomes, etc. Following the assessment interview, our treatment team determines whether the applicant is appropriate for treatment and recommends an initial level of care.

Learn More Adult Residential Admissions

All adult clients must be fully vaccinated prior to the day of admission. 

A “fully vaccinated” person is someone who has received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and 14 days have passed since the second vaccine OR someone who has received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 14 days have passed since vaccination. Documentation of vaccination is required.

No pre-admission testing is required for fully vaccinated adult clients.

Step 5: Welcome to Residential Treatment

Fully vaccinated clients admit directly to a residential room at Rollins Campus or South Campus depending on availability. They may immediately begin attending in-person groups, individual sessions, and meals in the dining room(s). Masks must be worn at all times indoors outside of private client rooms.

Learn More Adolescent Residential Admissions

All adolescent clients must be fully vaccinated prior to the day of admission. 

A “fully vaccinated” adolescent has received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 14 days have passed since the second vaccine. Documentation of vaccination is required. Pre-admission testing is not required for fully vaccinated adolescent clients.

No pre-admission testing is required for fully vaccinated adolescents.

Step 5: Welcome to Residential Treatment

Fully vaccinated guardian(s) may enter the admissions area of the J. Rex Fuqua Campus with the adolescent for the admission appointment. Guardians who are not fully vaccinated may not enter the building for the admission appointment.

The client admits to the milieu and must adhere to all COVID-related preventive behaviors, including wearing masks and physical distancing.

READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP?

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