Who makes up my child’s Treatment Team and what do they do?
The Treatment Team who cares for your child is made up of specialists dedicated to helping people.
The Psychiatrist is a physician whose expertise is in treatment of mental and emotional disorders. The psychiatrist meets with your child daily, and also communicates with the Treatment Team members. There is twenty-four hour coverage by physicians at Peninsula Hospital in order to provide your child with excellent care. When not physically present, both a psychiatrist and a medical doctor are available twenty-four hours a day to nursing staff. If you have information you would like to share directly with your child’s psychiatrist, please ask your therapist to arrange the best way for you to communicate with the doctor. The Psychiatrist calls to discuss the child’s medical and psychiatric history, as well as to discuss the need for medications, if this is indicated. Your permission is needed to begin the use of any new medication while your child is staying here.
The licensed nursing staff (RN and LPN) are responsible for oversight of the patient care functions of the unit and for the overall safety of the unit. They deliver treatment by administering medication and assisting in other therapy such as educational groups for your child. Nurses also monitor and evaluate your child’s progress. Your child has 24-hour access to nursing staff.
The therapist is your family’s liaison (your contact person) with the hospital. You should meet with the therapist face-to-face at least one time during your child’s stay. Your therapist helps the family identify target areas of change and is available to answer your questions about your child’s problems/symptoms or recovery. The Therapist notifies you when your child’s progress or lack of progress has led the Treatment Team to change the direction of the treatment efforts. Your Therapist is also your voice to the Treatment Team in making your child’s treatment plan, and the plan will be reviewed with you once the plan is developed by the Treatment Team.
The discharge planner sets up discharge and aftercare plans and relays necessary information to the Treatment Team from your family and vice versa. You will talk with the discharge planner about aftercare concerns and you may direct your aftercare treatment–related questions to him/her. If the discharge planner is not sure of the answer, he or she may ask that you leave a number for them to call you back with a response to your concerns/questions.
Recreational Therapy works to build self-confidence and an atmosphere of trust. They will facilitate group activity therapy with your child on a daily basis.
The Program Counselors are responsible for the direct supervision of your child. Program Counselors are on duty 24 hours a day. They are always available for your child both to structure activities on the unit and to ensure that your child is safe and abiding by unit guidelines.