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Inpatient Family Support Programs

Inpatient treatment is that critical period when the objective is to first stabilize the patient’s condition. It is the most intensive treatment experience the patient will undergo. It can also be stressful for the patient’s family members as they seek to understand the illness and how it affects not just the patient but other members of the family as well. That’s why, at Silver Hill, we believe family support is important from the moment the patient is admitted.


Depending upon diagnosis and severity of illness, most patients stay in an inpatient unit between 7 and 10 days. Family support begins at this time, starting with the way our staff treats the families of our patients—with thoughtfulness and understanding.


After admission, each patient meets his or her team, including his/her psychiatrist, at morning rounds. There they will discuss the patient’s goals for treatment and begin to formulate a treatment plan and discharge plan. After that, and with the patient’s permission, the patient’s psychiatrist will call the referring psychiatrist regarding the admission and the social worker will call the patient’s family to arrange a family meeting.


Family support continues with programs such as our Family Forum that are available beginning with the inpatient period. Support can continue through our Transitional Living, Intensive Outpatient and Recovery Support and Follow-Up stages as appropriate.


Family Forums

Silver Hill Hospital offers several programs designed to educate family members about the patient’s illness, improve family communication and educate families to strategies that improve family functioning. Family Forums are organized so that coping strategies specific to the patient’s illness can be effectively addressed. Patients are encouraged to attend Family Forums with family members over 13 years of age.


Psychiatric and Co-Occurring Disorders Family Forums

The Family Forums at Silver Hill Hospital for Psychiatric and Co-Occurring Disorders are comprehensive, supportive and educational programs for families coping with the effects of mental illness, addiction, or both. Family members learn about the patient’s illness and are taught skills designed to improve understanding and communication. They will gain insight into the illness and learn to assess and enhance family coping skills. 


Acute Care Unit

Time: Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Acute Care Unit


Main House

Time: Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Martin Center Gymnasium


Adolescent Family Forum

The Adolescent Program’s Family Forum is a broad, supportive and educational program for families seeking to achieve recovery from the effects of their adolescent’s mental illness or addiction on their lives. This weekly series of educational and group discussions coupled with individual meetings with the treatment team helps families develop and enhance good communication skills, coping skills and problem solving strategies. The Family Forum works to meet the needs of the family caregivers and forms a support system for patients and their families.


Time: Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Patricia Regnemer Main House Third Floor


Parents are also encouraged to participate in the monthly family program. This program provides education about the adolescent brain and emotional development and also gives teens and their families the opportunity to reflect on family relationships through supportive, non-confrontational exercises and learn about family roles and dynamics to improve communication.


Eating Disorders Family Forum

This weekly forum is for the families of patients in any of our eating disorders programs. It helps family members better understand the patient’s situation and challenges as he or she contends with such things as body image issues and learning healthy eating habits, as well as learning about relapse prevention and how to best support the patient.


Time: Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Main House

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