Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Community Health Needs Assessment

Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, is a joint venture between Southcoast Health and Acadia Healthcare. Community healthcare assessments are one of the many initiatives that ensure that we are providing the focused services that best meet the needs of the individuals and families we serve. 

About Southcoast Health

Information about the Southcoast Health system in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Southcoast Health is a not-for-profit system that operates healthcare facilities in 33 communities across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  

The Southcoast Health system is composed of four hospitals and more than 55 other service locations, including outpatient surgery centers, urgent care centers, physician practices, cancer treatment centers, a visiting nurse association, and additional facilities.  

Providers within the Southcoast Health system offer an integrated continuum of care, with the goal of promoting a comprehensive culture of wellness throughout the region.  

All locations within the Southcoast Health network are united by the system’s motto: Exceptional Care from People Who Care. Southcoast Health personnel are also expected to embrace the following values: 

  • Be people-focused: Establish trusting partnerships with patients, families, colleagues,and our community. 
  • Be engaging: Model the Southcoast Health behaviors.
  • Be accountable: Always expect and give your best.
  • Be supportive: Southcoast Health is a team that is caring, compassionate,and dedicated. 
  • Be innovative: Positively embrace change;be a change agent. 
  • Be proud: You are a Southcoast Health ambassador 24/7/365.
  • Be more than medicine: For our community, for each other.
Community Health Needs Assessments

Triannual reports identify areas of need in communities that are served by Southcoast Health

Every three years, Southcoast Health works with other key stakeholders to develop a Community Health Needs Assessment report. This report identifies areas of greatest need in the communities that are served by facilities within the Southcoast Health system.  

Topics addressed in previous Community Health Needs Assessment reports have included: 

  • Substance use disorder prevention and intervention 
  • Access to mental health treatment
  • Chronic disease prevention and treatment 
  • Health disparities and social determinants of health 
  • Positive youth development
  • Maternal and children’s health 
  • Emergency preparedness

The information that is collected while developing these assessment reports guides the effective deployment of healthcare resources to best serve the community.  

Assessment Reports

Past reports developed to identify healthcare needs within the communities that are served by Southcoast Health

Prior efforts to assess healthcare needs in communities that are served by facilities within the Southcoast Health system have led to the creation of the following reports: 

The staff, doctors and social workers are truly amazing at what they do. They are very understanding and so helpful, and they care about your needs - always. They have no idea how much they helped me grow within such a small amount of time.

– Anonymous Client
Marks of Quality Care
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation