Call us: 757.888.0400 or 800.697.0999
Newport News Behavioral Health Center provides quality mental health treatment for males and females, ages 11-18, in a safe and secure, therapeutic environment.

Admissions for Acute Care

Admission Criteria for Acute Care Hospitalization:

  • Suicidal ideations where suicidal precaution, observation, seclusion and/or restraint is required with nursing intervention on a 24-hour basis.
  • Immediate danger to others which requires intensive medical management, precaution, observation, seclusion and/or restraint is required with nursing intervention on a 24-hour basis.
  • Acute reality testing deficits causing immediate danger to self and/or others.
  • Clinical symptoms or a complication whose severity precludes diagnostic assessment and treatment in a less intensive environment and requires 24 hour nursing and medical assessment.
  • Failure of treatment in a less intensive level of care; the unavailability of a less restricted treatment environment; or the absence or collapse of support systems, making a less restricted treatment environment not feasible.

Exclusionary Criteria for Acute Care Hospitalization:

  • Individual whose prior history of violent behavior toward self or others is beyond the current capabilities of the staff and physical environment to contain, manage, and treat
  • Individuals who have an acute un-stabilized medical condition which is beyond the current capabilities of the staff and physical environment to manage and treat. These include but are not limited to:
    • Persons who are currently on or have immediate need for intravenous therapy
    • Severely compromised respiratory, circulatory, or cardiac system
    • Multiple complex diseases which require primary medical intervention
    • Persons who are chemically dependent, requiring detoxification
    • Cancer
    • Chronic illnesses (unless medically stable)
    • Diabetes – pump has to be removed; unstable (brittle) diabetes
  • Individuals Diagnosed with an existing eating disorder will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if they are medically and clinically appropriate.
  • Individuals with severe retardation, autism, or pervasive developmental disorders with no discernible treatment goal
  • Individual who cannot be effectively managed and treated in the current therapeutic milieu
  • Those who are under 8 and over 17 years of age
  • Inability to ambulate or perform activities of daily living without assistance
  • Persons with a known IQ below 70, unless appropriate clinical and educational needs can be provided
  • Immobility; total body rigidity
  • Persons deemed clinically inappropriate by the Admissions clinician and psychiatrist

When a patient is deemed ineligible for admission, the reason for denial and alternatives for treatment are discussed.

To Make a Referral, or For More Information on the Acute Care Program
Call 757-888-0400 or 1-800-697-0999
When prompted select ‘Admissions‘ for Acute Care
Acute Care Program Referrals and Admissions can be made 24 hours-per-day, 7 days-per week.

***Accept most private insurance/Medicaid***

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