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FAQs about the Adolescent Treatment Unit

What is the schedule for a typical day on the Adolescent Treatment Unit?

7:30 a.m.
Rise and shine, breakfast

2:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m.
Community meeting

4:15 p.m.
Transitions group

9:00 a.m.

4:30 p.m.
Visiting Hours/Fitness

10:00 a.m.
Educational group

5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.
Visiting hours/Fitness

6:30 p.m.
Educational group

12:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.
Goals/Activity group

1:00 p.m.
Group therapy

8:30 p.m.


9:30 p.m.

Who can visit?

Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit. Immediate family members, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, may also visit in the presence of a parent/guardian. Clergy, lawyers, and social workers are also invited to visit. The Adolescent Treatment Unit visiting hours are scheduled twice daily.

We encourage your family to participate during meal times and other times as needed. Arrangements must be made ahead of time for small children to visit. You may also speak with your doctor or treatment team if other visiting hours need to be arranged.

Will I get to go outside?

As you progress with your treatment, you will be able to go to the gym or on walks on the hospital grounds with staff during the daytime.

Can I smoke?

Butler Hospital is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. Smoking is not permitted in the buildings or on the grounds. With parent/guardian permission, the hospital will provide medications that may aid in smoking cessation or help to manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms. We appreciate your cooperation with our smoke-free policy.

Can I use the phone?

A phone is available for your use during free time and non-group times. The staff phone can be used for family and treatment-related calls. Cell phones are not permitted on the unit because of patient confidentiality.

Will I have a roommate?

You may have a roommate and may share a bathroom. We do not provide private rooms unless clinically necessary.

What can I bring with me onto the unit?

You may bring personal belongings and hygiene products. For safety reasons, staff will check any personal belongings that are brought to the hospital by a patient and clarify what items are restricted. Gifts and packages that are brought to the hospital for a patient will also be checked for your safety.

Items patients should have:
  • All medications you are currently prescribed.
  • Basic toiletry items.
  • Casual clothes, pajamas, and a bathrobe.
  • A small amount of money for use in the vending machines or for special unit activities.
Items patients should not have:
  • Alcoholic beverages and non-prescribed drugs.
  • Large sums of money and other valuables, such as jewelry.
  • Sharp or breakable objects and plastic bags.
  • Flammable liquids, including nail polish, and lighter fluid.
  • Toys, music, videotapes, or books with violent themes.

What happens when it’s time for me to leave the hospital?

Social workers are available to help you prepare for discharge, and staff will review your follow-up plan with you before you leave. You will receive prescriptions for medications ordered by your doctor along with a discharge instruction sheet with follow up care plans and appointments.

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