Allison B. Ford, PhD, LPC, NBCC
About The Day Treatment Program
The Day Treatment Program at NC Neuropsychiatry is an outpatient program designed to provide a comprehensive and personalized program that addresses the specific medical and therapeutic needs of an individual with acquired brain injury and/or chronic mental illness. The goal of the Day Treatment Program is to assist the individual in improving his or her physical, social, cognitive, and emotional functioning in the home and community. The patient's family or caregiver is an active participant in the treatment process and often benefits from the supportive services provided.
Patients involved in the Day Treatment Program receive intensive treatment several hours a day, two to four times a week in our office, as well as community support in the evenings and weekends. In working with the case manager, all patients have identified personal goals for their treatment.
Multidisciplinary treatment includes:
- Neuropsychiatric Evaluation
- Neuropsychological Testing
- Pharmacological monitoring
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Supportive Group Therapy
- Family consultation and/or Family Therapy
- Cognitive Remediation
- Personal and Self Care Skills
- Community Reintegration
- Nutritional Counseling
- Community Support Services
- Clinical Case Management
Clinical Case Management
Each patient in the Day Treatment Program is assigned to a clinical case manager. Clinical case management services include but are not limited to:
- Establishing and monitoring patient goals for individual and family functioning
- Providing education and assistance in vocational and community reintegration
- Coordinating services among all treatment providers
- Supervising community support staff
- Acting as primary contact with all outside treatment providers
- Participating in weekly team conferences regarding patient progress in treatment
- Identifying alternative services in the community
- Providing assistance with housing, disability, and transportation needs
Community Support Services
The purpose of community support services is to provide
- ongoing evaluation of patients in the home and community environment
- opportunities for social and recreational activities which facilitate community reintegration
- assistance with daily living skills
- attention to personal hygiene
- encouragement of healthy nutrition
- establishing healthy exercise routines and improving patient's physical conditioning
Examples of community support activities may include physical exercise including walks, gym work outs, swimming; grocery shopping & budgeting; community outings at library, bookstores, Botanical Gardens, mall, movies and restaurants; monitoring & teaching daily living skills; and assisting with patient's adjustment to volunteer work opportunities. The community service provider and the patient select community activities based on the patient's identified goals and progress in treatment.
- Patient must have an acquired brain injury secondary to trauma, stroke or disease OR have a persistent mental illness that significantly impacts independent functioning vocational, social or family interactions.
- For patients with acquired brain injury, it is recommended that the patient be at least 6 months post injury, have previously received some type of rehabilitative therapy, and be documented Ranchos Level VI or above.
- Patient must require intensive treatment services beyond the scope of weekly outpatient services, but must not require 24 hour observation and care.
- Patient must not exhibit severe or disruptive anger or aggression, and must not present imminent harm to self or others. Patients with mild to moderate suicidal and homicidal symptoms are monitored and re-evaluated on a continual basis.
- Patient must be between the ages of 21 and 65.
- Patient must receive a thorough neuropsychiatric evaluation from a psychiatrist at NC Neuropsychiatry prior to admission.
- Patient must be a voluntary and active participant in his or her treatment.
- Any potential exceptions to admission criteria will be determined on an individual case basis.
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