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BHS Inpatient Unit

For assistance, call 307-688-5000 or the Nurse Station 307-688-5050

For patients 13 years old and above who may be experiencing severe episodes of mental illness, Campbell County Health Behavioral Health Services offers an eight-bed inpatient unit to provide monitored care.

Daily Routine

Our professional team includes psychiatrists, case managers, social workers, nurses, licensed therapists and compassionate support staff.

Meals are provided. Times are:

  • Breakfast: 7:45-9 am
  • Lunch: 11:45 am-1 pm
  • Dinner: 4:45-6 pm

Food items may not be kept in patient rooms. No outside food is permitted. Staff will check each room throughout the day. Treatment can include:

  • Groups: Throughout the day, patients are expected to attend a variety of groups to help them with treatment. Group topics can include coping skills, communication, anger management, self-esteem, physical activity, medication, relaxation, and arts and crafts.
  • Counseling: May or may not include tele-psychiatry.
  • Consults to Address Other Needs: Nutrition, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Cardiology, etc.
  • Treatment Team and Planning: Identifying what patients need, which then allows staff to know what needs to be in place for discharge (counseling appointments, groups, housing, etc.).

Education

Education and schoolwork is important. Teens are encouraged to work on schoolwork while in treatment. Case Managers contact the appropriate school district to coordinate homework. Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) need to obtain the patient’s textbook and other take-home materials.

Privileges

Telephones are available during designated times. No calls are allowed while therapy is in session, unless given permission by the treatment team. Cell phones are not permitted.

Patients may have access to arts and crafts supplies, TV and games during free time. Please see the treatment team for resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I be staying?

Treatment is individualized and based on several factors. Your treatment team will determine your length of stay. A therapist will assist you in developing a discharge plan that includes follow-up treatment.

When will I begin treatment and know my treatment plan?

Treatment begins the day that you check-in to the inpatient unit; if you arrive after 9 pm, you begin the next day. Regulations require that an assessment and treatment plan be completed within the first 60 hours the patient is on the unit. After the assessment is completed, a treatment plan will be shared with the patient, and parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

When will I see my doctor and therapist?

The doctor/provider will complete an initial evaluation within 24 hours of your admission. A physician or psychiatric nurse practitioner or physician assistant rounds daily on all patients. Prior to being discharged, the therapist/case manager will meet with you to develop a discharge plan and review your crisis safety plan.

Why can’t I have access to all of my belongings?

Due to the nature of our facility and the people we serve, there are certain restrictions that are in place to promote safety. Certain items that may be a possible safety risk or a distraction have been restricted.

Now that I am here, what do I do?

We offer therapy groups with different topics relevant to recovery. A social worker/therapist will meet with you within 72 hours to initiate your treatment plan and discuss your needs throughout treatment.

When can I call my loved ones and can they visit me?

A phone is provided for you to contact your family or support. We ask that you be mindful of the phone needs of other patients. Daily visitation is available. Hours are listed below.

How do I get fresh linens, towels or toiletries I forgot?

We will provide you with fresh linens or towels daily. We also have toiletries available if you do not have them.

Can my loved ones bring in items?

We do not permit pillows or blankets to be brought into the facility unless approved by the treatment team. Outside food items and beverages are not allowed. Please see the Items Not Permitted section.

How often does housekeeping come?

Housekeeping does a daily general cleaning of the units, including the bedrooms. Housekeeping is not allowed to remove any items off the floors or pick up any personal items. We ask that you help maintain the cleanliness of your room by keeping all items off the floor.

Telephone Calls

Patients are required to use the unit phone for all incoming and outgoing calls. The direct phone number to the Nurse’s Station is 307-688-5050. Family can also call in to speak with patients; the best times are:

  • 6:30-9 am
  • 12-1 pm
  • 5-10 pm

Messages are taken when the patient is not available. Counseling sessions, educational sessions and physician visits will not be interrupted for visits or phone calls. Cell phones are not permitted.

Authorized family members of adults and/or parents/legal guardians of adolescents may receive updates on patient’s status, at any time, by calling the unit at 307-688-5050. A verbal release of information must be signed by the patient or legal guardian prior to staff sharing information verbally for adult patients.

Visiting

Patients may have visitors during visiting hours and for a specific amount of time. Times include:

  • 7:30-8:30 pm Monday-Saturday
  • 2-4 pm Sunday

Only one person is allowed per day for visitation, and may not leave facility and return same day. Adolescent patients are limited to visits from immediate family members and clergy only. Exceptions will be made only with a physician order. The visitor is welcome in the group room, kitchen or lounge area; doors must remain open. Visitors are not permitted in patient rooms.

All visitors must be screened for illness upon entering the hospital. Visitors who have signs or symptoms of illness will not be allowed to visit. Visitors must follow all PPE guidelines or will be asked to leave.

Patients may request the presence of a staff member for support if discussion with specific visitor is expected to be stressful.

If a visit causes disruption, visitors will be asked to leave. Visitors who are thought to be under the influence of alcohol or any other mood-altering drug will be required to leave.

The overall wellbeing of all patients on the unit could impact or cancel visitations. Examples of this may include unsafe situations on unit, nontherapeutic nature of visit and agitation of patient or visitor.

Visitors may not bring food or beverages for personal consumption or intent to share with patient. All visitors must report to the Nurse’s Station for removal of:

  • Coats
  • Purses
  • Sharp objects / keys
  • Cell phones
  • Tobacco products
  • Other items not permitted (below)

Patient’s right to privacy and choice, the right to be visited by their personal physician, attorney or clergyman will be respected. Visiting privileges may be restricted by the physician, as deemed appropriate. CCH BHS upholds correction facility policies including no visitors or phone calls while in the care of CCH BHS.

Any exceptions to visitation can be discussed with the Nurse, and are reviewed and granted by provider and/or Unit Manager.

Items permitted and not permitted on the inpatient unit

Everyone has the right to a safe, confidential and healthy environment. Dangerous items will be confiscated and secured until discharge. These items include anything that can be used as a weapon, cause self-harm or otherwise pose a threat of injury. All valuable items will be checked and stored upon admission. Patients are encouraged to send valuables home with family.

If you have questions, please see the treatment team.

Behavioral Health Services will supply clothing (sweatshirts, pants, T-shirts and non-skid socks) and toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, soap, lotion and comb) for all patients. Mesh underwear will be provided if the patient does not have this personal item.

Approved items: All items must be reviewed and approved by treatment team.

  • Sports bras without plastic or metal clasps, g-hooks or under wire materials
  • Brief or hipster type panties and brief/boxer underwear
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Deodorant/soap
  • Eye care supplies (solutions must be sealed)
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Dentures (sealed adhesive and cleaning products)
  • Brush/comb
  • Books (coloring, reading, journals, sketching, magazines) must be free of staples and hard plastic
  • School assignments/paper, books and class log in

Items that are a risk to patients and are NOT permitted include:

  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Nail polish or nail polish remover
  • Mirrors
  • Foot powder, baby powder
  • Elastic hair bands or headbands, hats, head wraps
  • Hangers
  • Belts, clothing with drawstrings, scarves
  • Tube tops, tank tops, short skirts and shorts, see-through garments, etc.
  • Steel toe boots, high heeled shoes, shoelaces
  • Jewelry with exception of wedding rings and watches
  • Outside food or drink
  • Glass containers or objects
  • All medications including vitamins, herbal remedies, OTC remedies, essential oils
  • Lighters/matches
  • Loose tobacco, opened packs of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes/JUUL
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cleaning supplies and laundry detergents
  • Sharp objects including scissors, knives, metal nail files, knitting needles, tweezers, nail clippers, combs, hair picks, safety pins, straight pins, sewing needles
  • Weapons
  • Car keys
  • Plastic bags
  • Electronic devices including tape recorders, cameras, TVs, radios, tablets, computers/laptops, cell phones, electronic readers
  • Purses/luggage/backpacks
  • Wire notebooks
  • Permanent markers, paperclips, staples, art supplies, pens
  • Pillows and blankets from home, stuffed animals (unless approved by nurse supervisor/manager)
  • Other items deemed potentially dangerous by treatment team

Contact

Find Behavioral Health Services at:

  • Location: Campbell County Memorial Hospital, 501 S. Burma Ave., Fifth Floor, Gillette, Wyoming
  • Appointments Available: Monday-Thursday, 8 am-5 pm Friday, 8 am-Noon
  • Phone: 307-688-5000
  • Crisis Line: 307-688-5555 after hours, weekends, and holidays
  • Visiting Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7:30-8:30 pm; Sunday: 2-4 p
  • Continuity of Care Manager: Derek A. Friedlan, BS, CCM, NACM
  • Director: Tisha McIntosh, RN