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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.

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

Additional Steps for Adult Residential Admissions

STEP 5

First COVID-19 Antigen Test

STEP 6

Welcome to Precautionary Floor

STEP 7

Second COVID-19 Antigen Test

STEP 8

Welcome to Residential Treatment

Additional Steps for Adolescent Residential Admissions

STEP 5

First COVID-19 Antigen Test

STEP 6

Quarantine at Home or Hotel

STEP 7

Second COVID-19 Antigen Test

STEP 8

Welcome to Residential Community

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.

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 Additional Steps for Adult Residential Admissions

Step 5: First COVID-19 Antigen Test

On the day of admission, Skyland Trail will schedule a Quidel antigen test for COVID-19 with a local partner. The client will report to the testing site for drive through testing and should receive results in 20 to 40 minutes. If test results are negative, the client may proceed to Skyland Trail South Campus to continue with the admission process. If results are positive, the client must return home to quarantine until medically cleared. Family members may not enter South Campus.

*Clients who are traveling to Atlanta by plane must arrive in Atlanta, then quarantine in a hotel (or other local accommodations) for four days before the day of admission.

Step 6: Welcome to Precautionary Floor

Adult residential clients admit directly to the precautionary floor of South Campus and receive a history & physical exam within 48 hours of admission. Clients must remain isolated in their private rooms for three days. During this time, meals and medications will be delivered to their rooms. They can participate in individual and group therapy sessions remotely via zoom online video conferencing. They may leave their rooms to spend scheduled time individually in the gardens.

Step 7: Second COVID-19 Antigen Test

On day four, Skyland Trail will provide transportation back to the testing site, where the client will receive a second antigen test. If test results are negative, the client may be cleared to transition to the residential floor of South Campus or directly to Rollins Campus, depending on room availability.

Step 8: Welcome to Residential Treatment

Clients at Rollins Campus meet in person for groups and individual primary counselor sessions while wearing masks and practicing physical distancing. Individual psychiatry sessions take place through zoom. All residential clients at Rollins Campus reside in private rooms with private bathrooms.

Clients on the residential floor of South Campus are transported to Rollins Campus to participate in treatment Monday through Friday and to participate in LEAP on Saturday and Saturday. Clients on the residential floor of South Campus may transition to Rollins Campus as rooms become available.

Learn More Additional Steps for Adolescent Residential Admissions

Step 5: First COVID-19 Antigen Test

Four days prior to the day of admission, Skyland Trail will schedule an antigen test for COVID-19 for the client and the designated guardian with a local partner.* The client and guardian will report to the testing site for drive through testing and should receive results in 20 minutes to 2 hours.

Step 6: Quarantine at Home or Hotel

If both test results are negative, the client and guardian may return home or to their local accommodations and quarantine for three days.  They should practice physical isolation (e.g. food brought to room, no physical contact, wear masks, no community activities, etc.). Patient and guardian should not have physical contact with anyone except each other.

Step 7: Second COVID-19 Antigen Test

On the fourth day of quarantine, client and guardian should return to Peachtree Immediate Care for a scheduled second testing appointment. If both tests are negative, the client and guardian may go to the J. Rex Fuqua Campus for the admission appointment.

Step 8: Welcome to Residential Treatment

If both tests are negative, the client and guardian may go to the J. Rex Fuqua Campus for the admission appointment. The one appointed guardian may enter the building and participate in the admission appointment while wearing mask and gloves. The client admits to the residential community 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.