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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. A negative test is required on the day of admission.

For admissions on or after February 1, 2022, a “fully vaccinated” person must meet one of the following criteria:

  • An adolescent age 14-17 who has received three doses of the Pfizer vaccine
  • An adolescent age 14-17 who has received two doses of Pfizer vaccine and their second dose was received more than 14 days ago and less than 5 months ago
  • An adult 18+ who has received three doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (in any combination)
  • An adult 18+ who has received two doses of Pfizer vaccine and their second dose was received more than 14 days ago and less than 5 months ago
  • An adult 18+ who has received two doses of Moderna vaccine and their second dose was received more than 14 days ago and less than 6 months ago
  • An adult 18+ who has received one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine and a second dose of any FDA authorized Covid-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson)
  • An adult 18+ who has received one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than 14 days ago and less than two months ago

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 Residential Admissions

Due to high case rates of Covid-19 in the Metro Atlanta area at this time, we currently are requiring a negative Covid test on the day of admission.

STEP 5

Rapid Antigen Test

STEP 6

4 Day Precautionary

STEP 7

Welcome to Residential

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 Residential Admissions

Step 5: Drive-Through Rapid Antigen Test

On the day of the scheduled admission appointment, patients must receive an onsite COVID-19 rapid antigen test on a Skyland Trail campus and complete a screening.

  • If the rapid test is negative, the client may proceed with the admissions process
  • If the rapid test is positive, a second rapid test will be administered immediately to rule out a false positive. If the second test is negative, the client may proceed with the admissions process.
  • If two rapid tests are positive, the client must return home or to their local accommodations to quarantine for 5 days after their positive test. If no symptoms develop during the 5 day quarantine, and if approved by Skyland Trail medical staff, the client may proceed with the admission. A negative test is required to admit. If the client begins to exhibit symptoms during the 5 day quarantine, they must wait until all symptoms have resolved and then begin a 5-day quarantine, starting over with the first symptom-free day as day one. A negative test is required to admit.

Step 6: 4-Day Precautionary Isolation

For adult residential clients:

  • After completing a pre-admission test, adult clients admit directly to a residential room at Rollins Campus or South Campus depending on availability. They must isolate in their private room for four (4) days. Skyland Trail will administer a Covid-19 test each day. After 4 days and 4 negative tests (admissions day plus 3 additional tests), they may leave their room and join the community to attend in-person treatment.
  • While clients are isolating for 4 days, they have access to their phones and devices and may begin to participate in some virtual groups and individual sessions via zoom. Meals and medications will be delivered to their rooms. Residential staff will be onsite 24/7 to offer support and coaching when needed.
  • If a client tests positive at any time during the 4-day isolation period, they may be asked to return home or to local accommodations to quarantine for 5 days after their positive test. If no symptoms develop during the 5 day quarantine, and if approved by Skyland Trail medical staff, the client may return to campus. If the client begins to exhibit symptoms during the 5 day quarantine, they must wait until all symptoms have resolved and then begin a 5-day quarantine, starting over with the first symptom-free day as day one. A negative test is required to return to campus.

 

For adolescent residential clients:

  • Adolescent clients must isolate for four (4) days prior to entering the adolescent community. This precautionary period may involve a number of  days of isolation with the guardian(s) at home or in local accommodations and a number of days in a residential room at the Skyland Trail adolescent campus. Your admissions counselor will update you on the specific details of this precautionary isolation requirement when an admission date is scheduled.
  • On each day of the precautionary isolation, Skyland Trail will administer a Covid test to the client. If the fourth test is negative, the client may admit to the adolescent campus and join in-person groups and activities the following morning.
  • If a client tests positive at any time during the 4-day isolation period, they will be asked to return home or to local accommodations to quarantine. Clients must return home or to local accommodations to quarantine for 5 days after their positive test. If no symptoms develop during the 5 day quarantine, and if approved by Skyland Trail medical staff, the client may return to campus. A negative antigen test is required to return to campus. If the client begins to exhibit symptoms during the 5 day quarantine, they must wait until all symptoms have resolved and then begin a 5-day quarantine, starting over with the first symptom-free day as day one. A negative antigen test is required to return to campus.

Step 7: Welcome to Residential Treatment

If all tests are negative, clients may leave their rooms and join the residential community. They may begin attending in-person groups, individual sessions, and meals in the dining room(s). Masks are required while indoors in any space occupied by more than one person.

READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP?

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