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.
Additional Steps for Adult Residential Admissions
Fully vaccinated adults may skip steps 6 and 7. Effective June 7, 2021, all clients admitting to the adult residential or day treatment programs must be fully vaccinated prior to the day of admission.
Additional Steps for Adolescent Residential Admissions
Fully vaccinated adolescents may skip steps 5 and 6.
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.
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. Unless medically contraindicated, adolescent clients in services between September 1 and February 28 must also have the CDC-approved annual seasonal influenza vaccine.
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
Effective June 7, 2021, all adult clients must be fully vaccinated prior to the day of admission.
Prior to admission, Skyland Trail can administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to prospective clients who are beginning the admission inquiry process if they have not yet received any doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Receiving a vaccine from Skyland Trail is not a guarantee of admission. Clients may also receive FDA-approved vaccinations from their local healthcare provider or vaccination clinic. Please note that, if receiving the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, the time from the first vaccine to fully vaccinated status is approximately six weeks. If receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the time from vaccination to fully vaccinated status is approximately two weeks. Skyland Trail does not require or recommend any particular brand of vaccine.
Fully Vaccinated Adults
A “fully vaccinated” person is someone who has received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and 10 days have passed since the second vaccine OR someone who has received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 10 days have passed since vaccination. Documentation of vaccination is required.
On the day of the scheduled admission appointment, fully vaccinated patients must receive an onsite COVID-19 rapid antigen test at the Skyland Trail Glenn Family Wellness Clinic and complete a screening. If the rapid test is negative, the client may proceed to the admissions appointment.
After completing pre-admission testing, fully vaccinated clients are not required to admit to a precautionary room or quarantine after admission. They 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). Clients must wear masks at all times outside of their private rooms and must practice physical distancing while on campus.
Step 5: First COVID-19 Antigen Test
(Clients who are not fully vaccinated admitting prior to June 7)
On the day prior to the scheduled admission appointment, all patients must receive a COVID-19 rapid antigen test. Clients must schedule a test with a testing site in the community that provides same-day results. The client will forward a scanned copy or a photo of the results issued by the testing site to the Skyland Trail admissions counselor.
If test results of the first antigen test are negative, the client should return home or to local accommodations directly from the testing site. The client should have no close physical contact with any other individuals, including individuals in the same household before departing for the admission appointment the following day.
*Clients who are traveling to Atlanta by plane and are not fully vaccinated 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 & Additional Testing
(Clients who are not fully vaccinated admitting prior to June 7)
Adult residential clients receive a history & physical exam within 48 hours of the day of admission. As part of the exam, a swab will be taken to be submitted for a COVID-19 PCR test.
While waiting for PCR test results and medical clearance, clients are assigned to the precautionary floor and must remain isolated in their private rooms until medically cleared.
While on the precautionary floor, meals and medications will be delivered to the client’s private room. With approval, clients may leave their room to spend scheduled time individually in the gardens. Clients are expected to participate in individual and group therapy sessions remotely via zoom online video conferencing while in their rooms.
Typically, clients may expect to leave the precautionary floor on the Monday or Tuesday following the admission day. To leave the precautionary floor, clients must be medically cleared. (Note that Skyland Trail sends samples for PCR tests out to a third party lab for processing. Lab processing times, though typically 2 to 3 days, may vary and may affect the length of a client’s stay on the precautionary floor.)
When a negative PCR test result is received AND at least 72 hours have passed since the history & physical exam without the client developing any symptoms, Skyland Trail will administer a third COVID-19 test: an on-site rapid antigen test. Results of the on-site rapid antigen test will be available within an hour.
If results from the on-site rapid antigen test are negative, the client may be cleared to transition to the residential floor at South Campus or directly to Rollins Campus, depending on bed availability. Note that Skyland Trail is unable to conduct the on-site rapid antigen test or transition clients to a residential room on Saturdays or Sundays.
Before moving to the residential floor at South Campus or to Rollins Campus, Skyland Trail will administer the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine to all adult residential clients (depending on current vaccine availability.)
Step 7: 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
Fully Vaccinated Adolescents
A “fully vaccinated” adolescent is someone who is at least 16-years-old, has received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and 10 days have passed since the second vaccine. Documentation of vaccination is required.
On the day of the scheduled admission appointment, fully vaccinated patients must receive an onsite COVID-19 rapid antigen test at the Skyland Trail Glenn Family Wellness Clinic and complete a screening. If the rapid test is negative, the client may proceed to the admissions appointment. Not testing of guardians or quarantine is required.
Step 5: First Test: Drive-through PCR Test
(Fully vaccinated adolescents: please see section above.) Approximately 3-5 days before the scheduled admission appointment, the client must receive a drive through PCR test. Clients may work with their admissions counselor to schedule a drive through PCR test at the Skyland Trail Glenn Family Wellness Clinic at the Dorothy C. Fuqua Center (1961 North Druid Hills RD NE). Clients outside of Georgia may schedule a drive-through PCR test appointment with a health provider or testing site in their area. In most cases, PCR test results will not be available on the same day.
Clients who travel to Atlanta by plane or bus must arrive in Atlanta, then quarantine in a hotel (or other local accommodations) with a designated guardian for four days before the PCR test. Clients who live outside of Georgia who receive a PCR test at a testing site in their area must drive to Atlanta for their admissions appointment; they may not travel by plane or bus.
Step 6: Quarantine at Home or Local Accomodations
After the drive-through PCR test, client and guardian should return directly home or to local accommodations and quarantine together until the admissions counselor or local testing site contacts them with results of the PCR test.
Typically, clients may expect to have an admission appointment scheduled for the Monday or Tuesday following the drive-through PCR test day. Note that Skyland Trail sends samples for PCR tests out to a third party lab for processing. Lab processing times, though typically 2 to 3 days, may vary and may affect the length of time a client must quarantine at home before an admission appointment can be scheduled.
Step 7: Second Test: Drive-through Antigen Test
When a negative PCR test result is received AND at least 72 hours have passed since the PCR test without the client or guardian developing any symptoms, Skyland Trail will schedule another drive-through COVID-19 test for the client: an on-site rapid antigen test at the Glenn Family Wellness Center on the day of the scheduled admissions appointment.
Results of the on-site rapid antigen test will be available within 30 minutes. The client and guardian should wait in their vehicle in the parking lot of the Glenn Family Wellness Center until test results are received.
Step 8: Welcome to Residential Treatment
If the client’s drive-through rapid antigen test is negative, the client and guardian may go directly to the J. Rex Fuqua Campus for the admission appointment.
Guardians who are fully vaccinated may also receive a rapid antigen test at the Skyland Trail Glenn Family Wellness Clinic. If the test result is negative, the fully vaccinated guardian(s) may enter the admissions area of the J. Rex Fuqua Campus with the adolescent 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.