When you are a patient of our facility, you will be expected to follow the established rules and responsibilities described in this handbook. These standards were developed to promote a safe and therapeutic environment for you and your peers. Patients are to treat each other and staff with dignity and respect.

ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND ILLICIT MEDICATIONS

The use of alcohol, drugs or unauthorized medications is strictly prohibited. All medications brought to the outpatient program must be currently prescribed by a physician and registered in your medical record. No alcoholic beverages, or illicit or non-prescribed, mind-altering substances shall be brought to the facility or in the patient’s possession while at the facility. Patients are not to come to the facility under the influence of these substances. If it is suspected that a patient is under the influence of a non-prescribed mind-altering substance of any kind, the staff will require the suspected patient to provide a specimen (either blood or urine, depending on circumstance) for lab testing IMMEDIATELY (any such specimen requires a staff witness for verification). Violations of this policy or failure to provide a requested specimen WILL result in immediate discharge from the program. The mixing of alcohol and illicit drugs with prescription medication can be dangerous, even life threatening. They will interfere with the effectiveness of the medication and often make your symptoms worse.

SEXUAL BEHAVIOR

Sexual activity or any intimate physical contacts between patients or guests on the premises are not allowed. Intimate relationships, along with social relationships, with other patients are strongly discouraged for a one-year, post-discharge period. Any social contact with another program patient that occurs outside the facility shall be reported to your counselor immediately. This type of socializing outside of the program may result in discharge.

GAMBLING/LOANS/GIFTS

Gambling, loans (money, cigarettes, clothing, etc.) and gifts (to patients or staff) of any kind are strictly prohibited.

AGGRESSIVE/DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR

Willful acts of aggression toward staff, other patients, or property cannot be condoned, and appropriate action to stop or curtail such behavior will be taken, including discharge from the program and/or pursuit of criminal charges.

SEARCHES

Safety searches are performed on all patient populations. In the outpatient department, a staff member will inspect all articles brought into the building. This includes any items in pockets, purses, carry bags, etc. Each patient will receive a locker to store items brought in the hospital, such as all keys and medications, cell phones, etc. After items are secured in the assigned lockers, a metal detector wand will be used on all patients.

After the locker is locked, the patient can only have access to their locker with a staff member in attendance. The staff will observe any medication the patient takes while they are here at the BHC.

If a patient chooses to leave the BHC through the front entry door, they will not be allowed to return inside until the next programming day. Those wishing to go outside on breaks may use the center courtyard area.

Please be sure to leave any sharp or potentially dangerous objects at home. This would include pocket knives, scissors, metal nail files, etc. No weapons are allowed, this includes guns, pepper/mace sprays, etc. If such objects are detected, they will be immediately confiscated by the BHC staff and secured or disposed of properly, which may include utilization of the local police. There is zero tolerance for violence communicated to patients, staff and non-patients.

Physical contact between outpatients and inpatients is prohibited. DO NOT pass any item to inpatients in the cafeteria or touch them in any way. Verbal contact is allowed.

DRESS CODE

  • Dress may be casual, comfortable and reasonably modest. Clothes shall fit properly, and meet the following criteria:
  • Shirts shall not be transparent or worn open (unbuttoned)
  • Short or tight-fitting clothing will not be worn
  • Females shall wear a brassiere at all times
  • Proper footwear shall be worn at all times
  • Overalls shall be worn with some type of undershirt
  • Sunglasses or hats/caps shall not be worn inside the building
  • Clothing may not contain pictures, words, or any other reference to drug, alcohol, sex, demonology or witchcraft.
  • Shorts shall be worn only in hot weather and should be mid-thigh in length or longer.
  • No halter-tops, low-neck blouses or shirts, bare midriff or tank tops for men or women.

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