Extended Acute Care for Long Term Recovery
Sometimes people need more than the typical seven-to-ten-day inpatient stay to learn how to manage their mental health issues. Behavioral health concerns, like depression, anxiety, or personality disorders, can be very complex to treat depending on the individual’s circumstances. And if the problems seem to be sudden or onset, they can disrupt personal lives, requiring the impacted individual to learn a whole new way to live and cope with new symptoms and triggers that previously went unaddressed.
Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, offers Extended Acute Care (EAC) for adults who experience persistent mental illness and need more extended care in an environment that has a greater focus on holistic recovery than a typical acute care mental health program. Patients stay on the EAC unit of our inpatient mental health facility for an average of six months depending on their individual mental health care needs in conjunction with the recommendation of their treatment team.
The EAC unit’s philosophy centers on providing services to patients in a collaborative and therapeutic setting focused on rehabilitation and community integration instead of immediate crisis stabilization. Additionally, our inpatient behavioral health hospital provides a wide array of therapeutic services and specialties including dedicated therapists, a peer specialist, a behavior specialist, and a social worker who creatively customize each individual’s adult psychiatric inpatient treatment experience.
With this longer-term approach to inpatient psychiatric care, all individuals receive individual therapy, group therapy, and meet daily with psychiatry. We utilize empirically-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), solution-focused techniques, and allied therapy including art, music, dance movement, and recreational therapies. Groups focus on areas such as recovery topics, distress tolerance skills, skills for emotional regulation, and issues of community living.
Whether a patient is coming to us for inpatient depression treatment or to work through past trauma, we focus more on an individual’s strengths instead of deficiencies, on connections to the community instead of to the treatment system, and increasing an individual’s level of autonomy with the goal of the least restrictive aftercare plan.
At the end of this adult inpatient mental health program, patients complete a WRAP Plan, or Wellness Recovery Action Plan, with their Peer Specialist as part of their successful completion in the program.
As with all our programs, we understand that patients in the EAC unit will often be returning home to families, work and communities. Family involvement is key to treatment at our psychiatric hospital since they will play vital roles in recovery. When possible, coordination of care is done with available family members and other supports involved.
Whether you’re dealing with your own symptoms or trying to seek treatment for a loved one, dealing with a mental health issue can be a scary experience. If you’re looking for additional information about mental health diagnoses and symptoms, visit our resources section for short descriptions of some of the issues we treat and resources that are available to help you or a loved one get through this time.
For additional resources, please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness. There, you can find more clinical information on mental illness and connect with a wide range of support groups.