After a child is in acute or residential care, it is essential that care continues after discharge. Studies have shown that a child’s risk of readmission to a hospital stays high for six months after discharge, with the highest risk around 90 days after discharge. Readmission risk greatly decreases after that time period. Being diligent and following through with aftercare counseling appointments and medication checks can make all the difference in the long-term impact of your child’s acute and residential treatment.
For this reason, each and every program at Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System has a continuum of care manager, sometimes referred to as a discharge planner. These professionals meet with the child’s therapist and psychiatrist to determine what each child needs to sustain recovery and continue their path to the highest potential. No client is discharged from the acute or residential programs without follow-up services in place at the time of discharge.
Our planners work diligently to help families link to counseling services that fit both their child’s needs and their resources. In some cases, it is identifying outpatient care. For others, it is identifying longer term, specialized treatment or a specific placement. Our planners can also help parents with issues that come up when their children return to school or help by communicating with state workers that are sometimes involved, such as probation officers, caseworkers and the Department of Human Services.
Families often call later with questions that arise after discharge. Our discharge planners are here to help families identify realistic pathways for their child to sustain their recovery and continue toward wellness.
To talk to a discharge planner about your child’s aftercare needs, call the location where your child discharged from and the operator will connect you.