Inpatient Treatment Services
Inpatient Adult Mental Health Unit for Evaluation and Treatment:
Unit #3 is a 40-bed unit whose scope is on the long term Individual who cannot stabilize in a less restrictive setting. WCGRH civil patients have a system whereby they are provided opportunities for lessened restrictions while hospitalized; to include supervised off-campus excursions, walking about the campus at certain times in specific areas without supervision, and going for day and overnight passes to assess their ability to adapt to community discharge recommendations.
Inpatient Forensic Secure Units for Evaluation and Treatment:
Although our Forensic Inpatient Catchment Area is specifically 71 counties, patients/defendants from any Georgia county may be admitted to West Central.
Unit #2 is a 40-bed unit for those who are civilly committed by State or Superior Court orders as either Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) and without substantial probability of restoration, or as Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI), and at risk to self or others.
Unit # 7 is a 30-bed admission & stabilization unit who are here in response to State or Superior Court orders for evaluation of competency to stand trial, for restoration of competence to stand trial, for risk assessment after being acquitted as NGRI, or who are civilly committed as either IST not probably restorable or as NGRI and at risk to self or others.
Unit #9 is a 40-bed admission & stabilization unit for those who are here in response to State or Superior Court orders for evaluation of competency to stand trial, for restoration of competence to stand trial, for risk assessment after being acquitted as NGRI, or who are civilly committed as either IST not probably restorable or as NGRI and at risk to self or others.
Unit #10 is a 36-bed admission & stabilization unit for those who are here in response to State or Superior Court orders for evaluation of competency to stand trial, for restoration of competence to stand trial, for risk assessment after being acquitted as NGRI, or who are civilly committed as either IST not probably restorable or as NGRI and at risk to self or others.
Forensic Services/Psychological Services:
The Forensic Services consists of licensed psychologists, counselors, post-doctoral psychology fellows, and psychology graduate students who provide an integrated program of inpatient and outpatient forensic evaluations and reports, education, consultation, expert witness testimony and related activities. Licensed psychologists and supervised post-doctoral fellows conduct court-ordered pretrial outpatient or inpatient evaluations for competency to stand trial, degree of criminal responsibility and related forensic services to the adult courts within the hospital’s catchment area, and both competency to stand trial evaluation and pre-dispositional psychological studies of outpatient juveniles as ordered by the juvenile courts. Counselors and post-doctoral fellows provide competency restoration group and individual sessions, and other clinical interventions/assessments as needed.
The Psychological Services includes psychologists and behavior specialists working under clinical supervision. Together, they provide a variety of psychological services to mental health inpatient clients across campus, including psychological assessment and testing, program planning and psychological consultation with treatment teams, psychotherapy, behavior management and client education and are actively involved in developing and providing vocational psychological services and other specialized services intended to promote psychosocial rehabilitation within an integrated recovery focus.
Under the umbrella of Rehabilitation Services is: Activity Therapy (AT), Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) and, Recovery Team Facilitation (RTF) Each discipline strives to provide our Individuals with the tools necessary to live as independently and fully as possible.
Activity Therapy Service provides treatment to both Forensic and Adult Mental Health Individuals. This is accomplished through structured groups used to assist Individuals in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to incorporate leisure into their lives in a meaningful way. Evening and weekend enrichment activities provide the Individual with the opportunity to experience organized socialization opportunities. Community re-integration outings are utilized to improve quality of life and to facilitate discharge readiness. These outings provide our Individuals with the opportunity to enjoy local parks, museums, libraries, restaurants, stores, cultural and sporting events and shopping venues.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services are designed to promote an individualized approach to wellness, enhance quality of life and increase opportunities to thrive in the community. Groups are designed to focus on specific needs and address skill building as well as general education in areas such as community access, substance abuse , skills for daily living, medication management, mental health education, wellness and recovery, health and physical well- being, social skills, adult basic education, cognitive remediation, coping skills, stress and anger management, structured recreation and relapse prevention.
Our Recovery Team Facilitators work hand in hand with the Individual and Treatment Team to identify the goals and interventions that will be used to move the Individual towards a successful discharge into the community.
The hospital provides Chaplaincy Services through community volunteers representing various religious faiths.
The foundation of nursing is based on caring, dignity and respect. West Central Georgia Regional Hospital’s Nursing Department embraces the art of nursing as we provide holistic and recovery based services through the nursing process – assessment, diagnosis, identification of outcomes, planning, implementation and evaluation, to one Adult Mental Health unit and four Forensic Units.
Nursing embraces diversity and is culturally sensitive to individuals and staff. A healthy work environment is maintained by skilled communication, with true collaboration, and meaningful recognition. In addition, Nursing continues to be in partnership with individuals, family members, and all disciplines to provide quality health care. All staff members are expected to adhere to standards set by the Georgia Board of Nursing and DBHDD.
Nursing Services is led by the Nurse Executive who oversees, with the assistance of the Associate Nurse Executive, Unit Managers, Staff Nurses, Forensic Services Technicians, the Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner and the Infection Control Team whose focus is on surveillance, prevention and control of infections. In order to maintain standards set by the Georgia Board of Nursing, American Nurses Association and other regulatory agencies, Nursing ensures that all staff members demonstrate competence through annual skills assessments, peer reviews, coaching and mentoring. Nursing Services further encourages staff in personal and professional growth by promoting the process of lifelong learning.
Nursing is dynamic; therefore, it requires continuous growth and education. The hospital is affiliated with a number of schools of nursing and provides clinical orientation to nursing students.
Psychiatric and Medical Services
Medical services are provided by the medical staff that includes Psychiatrists, Physicians, and Mid-level Providers. All physicians on staff must hold a Georgia State License to practice medicine and are privileged to practice based on their credentials. The Medical Staff bylaws outline the organizational structure and scope of services provided by the medical staff. All medical services are under the supervision of an active member of the medical staff. Duties include the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and discharge of Individuals.
Social Work Services
Social Work Services provides clinical services including assessment, treatment to Individuals and family members (including but not limited to individual, family and group counseling/education), advocacy, case management services and discharge transition planning. In addition, social work staff is involved in several aspects of hospital activities including performance improvement and focus team functions. The Social Work Services department also provides internships for students from several universities and colleges.