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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A Typical Day

Southcoast Behavioral Health offers a peaceful, serene campus setting where patients have time to focus solely on their healing. The treatment days are structured so that physical, emotional, mental and spiritual growth can occur.

Community Meeting

The day begins at 7 a.m. when patients wake up, get ready, and then head to one of our dining rooms for a chef-prepared healthy breakfast. After breakfast, they attend a Community Meeting where staff welcomes their critiques and concerns about daily life at Southcoast Behavioral Health, which can include social, staff, logistical, and maintenance issues. Patients then focus on reviewing and selecting their group meetings and activities for the day.

Clinical Focused Groups

During the day, patients attend Clinical Focused Groups led by one of our Master’s Level Social Workers. Interactive lectures cover a variety of topics such as understanding symptoms of depression and anxiety, coping skills, stress management, and steps to change. Mental health stigma is also addressed, as well as the barriers to treatment.

Family-Focused Involvement

Family-focused involvement is led by the Social Work Team. They reach out to family members to gather the history of their loved one, learn of the symptoms they have observed, and the family goals. The family is encouraged to meet not only with the patient, but also the clinical staff, the psychiatrist, and the Social Worker so as to become a part of the team and ensure a fluid transition home.

Recreational Therapists

Patients also have the opportunity during the day to work with Recreational Therapists in our spacious, state-of-the-art gym or one of our many outdoor areas. There are different exercise groups available, including low-impact exercise, Tai Chi, and Yoga. Arts and crafts are also available in addition to music therapy.

Afternoon + Wrap-up Groups

In the afternoon, patients have the opportunity to attend self-help support group meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

The day ends with Wrap-Up Groups. Happenings of the day are discussed in these groups and meditation and relaxation exercises occur right after. The close of the day includes free time before the lights are out.

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