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Inpatient Treatment Services

Adult Mental Health (AMH)
ASU / AMH serves both adult mental health and adult crisis stabilization clients. The adult mental health unit has a 38 bed capacity treating those clients that require a longer period of hospital stay for stabilization. The adult stabilization unit operates a 20 bed unit for clients requiring a shorter period of stay for stabilization and allows them to return to a less restrictive environment in the community.

Secure Units
The Secure Units provide care for adults who have been charged with a crime. The clients are sent to the hospital by court order for evaluation before trial and for treatment if found by the courts to be incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity. The Secure Units' bed capacity is 116.


Client Services

Activity Therapy Services
The Coordinator of Activity Therapy (AT) is responsible for coordinating all AT Services, Volunteer Services, AA, NA, and Chapel Services. The AT Services mission statement is to provide treatment, leisure education and recreation participation activities designed to improve some functional or behavioral area to further the independence of the people we serve. The Therapeutic Recreation Service Model is used to better explain the role of recreation in the clinical setting. This model is divided into three components; (1) Treatment, (2) Leisure Education, and (3) Recreation Participation. Within this model, it is acknowledged that a given client may require or need services in one, two, or all three areas.

Services will include:

  • Intensive, specialized day programming
  • Individualized behavioral programming
  • Structured recreation activities
  • Supportive and crisis counseling
  • Substance Abuse Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Medication Management
  • Case Management
  • Skills Training
  • Residential Rehabilitation Services
    • Budgeting
    • Nutrition and food preparation
    • Navigation in the community
    • Health services

The program will provide a psychosocial approach to include skills training in communication, social skills, work readiness, leisure education, self help and daily living as determined by individual needs. Clients determine their rehabilitation goals and work toward the ability to live in the community, and develop independent or semi-independent living.

Chaplain Services
The Hospital provides Chaplaincy Services through community volunteers representing various religious faiths.

Nursing Services
Nursing services are provided through the Nurse Executive, the Associate Nurse Executive, the Nurse Administrators for weekdays, weekends, evenings and nights, and Unit Nurse Managers and nursing staff. An Infection Control Nurse handles infection control issues. Transportation services are provided for clients with off-campus appointments.

The Nurse Executive provides professional supervision of nursing services to ensure the direction, monitoring and assessment of professional nursing care. The Assistant Nurse Executive is directly responsible for the manpower/ PRN program and provides assistance with Performance Improvement (PI) programs. The Nurse Administrators supervise nursing staff after normal working hours.

The Nurse Managers are responsible for all aspects of professional nursing care on the units to which they are assigned. Registered nurses on each unit are responsible for the application of the nursing process for each client, which includes assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the nursing care for each client. Registered nurses are responsible for incorporating the nursing assessment into the individualized treatment plan through the team process. They continuously update the staff on a client’s progress through documentation of active treatment and to client’s response to the implemented care in the medical record. Information is shared during team and unit meetings. All nurses must maintain a current license to practice nursing in the state of Georgia and are expected to uphold the standards set by the Georgia Board of Nursing for ethical conduct and provision of Standards of Nursing Care.

The hospital is affiliated with a number of schools of nursing for the training of nurses. The hospital has met the standards established by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the National League of Nursing to be a training site for nursing students.

Physician Services
Physician services are provided through the Clinical Director and the Unit Physicians. The Clinical Director is a Georgia Licensed Psychiatrist, Board Certified, who directly supervises all of the physicians on staff. All physicians on staff must hold a Georgia State License to practice medicine. All physicians have an appraisal of performance done on a yearly basis. They are privileged to practice based on their credentials, and are governed by the Medical Staff By-Laws. Duties include the assessment, diagnosis,treatment, and discharge of clients.

Forensic / Psychological Services
The Forensic Services provides an integrated program of inpatient and outpatient forensic evaluations and reports, education, consultation, expert witness testimony and related activities. Forensic psychologist conduct Court ordered pretrial evaluation 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 juveniles as Court ordered by the juvenile courts. Forensic psychologists and forensically trained behavior specialists provide ongoing forensic evaluation of inpatient clients admitted for pretrial evaluation and those Court ordered here as incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity; and provide education and consultation regarding forensic issues to the treatment teams, the courts and community treatment programs. They coordinate and conduct risk assessments of forensic inpatient clients to help guide and pace treatment planning and delivery.

They participate in the team process regarding forensic inpatient clients to integrate forensic goals into the treatment process and coordinate and facilitate movement towards forensic goals. They continue to monitor forensic inpatient clients conditionally released to community programs and provide annual reassessments to the Court.

The Psychological Services includes psychologists and behavior specialists working under their 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.

Social Work Services
Social Work Services provides clinical services including assessment, treatment to clients and family members (including but not limited to individual, family and group counseling/ education), advocacy, case management services and discharge planning. In addition, social work staff are involved in several aspects of hospital activities including performance improvement and team functions. The Social Work Services department also provides internships for students from several universities and colleges.

The Director of Social Work Services is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). The responsibilities of this individual include administrative and clinical oversight of the social work staff assigned to the facility and planning and implementation of social work services. Master Level Social Work staff oversee the psychosocial assessment process including discharge planning of all clients admitted.