Often times a client will come for an assessment and will need to be referred out of Lifeway to a higher level of care. When the plan is to return to Lifeway upon discharge from the treatment facility, communication and coordination with the client, family and facility treatment team throughout the course of treatment is imperative.
When a client is in an inpatient or residential setting it provides a perfect opportunity for the family members and significant others to begin their treatment. If the illness in the family system is not addressed, when the client returns from inpatient treatment any progress made will rapidly be undone. Getting the family connected with APG meetings, a facilitator, parent coordinator, and an alumni family is key.
An inpatient admission also provides the opportunity for rapport building between the client and the Lifeway staff. Open communication with the clinicians at the treating facility, visits with the client, and participation in discharge planning meetings are key to making that happen. Below is a sample flow that includes timeframes for contacts when a client is referred to another facility for treatment. (i.e. detox, residential, or inpatient, when the plan is for the client to return to Lifeway upon discharge.)
If you believe your child may be in need of a higher level of care, give us a call at (877) 270-6753 and we’ll walk through the process with you every step of the way.