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Resources for Parents

It is our goal at Peninsula Hospital to provide your child excellent care and to provide families with timely and accurate information regarding your child’s care.  We recognize that your decision to admit your child into Peninsula Hospital is likely one of the most difficult decisions you have ever made.  Many problems arise that give parents few alternatives but to seek professional help. 

The professionals treating your child hope that this will be both a growing and learning experience for not only your child but for you as well.  We hope this information will help you better understand not only how the program works, but also the roles of the team members who will be working with you and your child during his/her treatment here.

What is this hospitalization about? 

Peninsula Hospital provides acute care treatment. Acute care is considered crisis stabilization generally consisting of a 5-7 day admission. This is the beginning of the recovery process. The following are typical goals of treatment: 

  1. Stabilization of symptoms through individualized treatment.
  2. Assist in an increased understanding of the disorder (its symptoms and triggers).
  3. Preparation of a safety plan prior to discharge to assist in the long-term recovery process.

At Peninsula we are committed to providing quality patient care in a safe and secure therapeutic environment. If you have any concerns about patient safety, please promptly communicate your concerns to a staff member.

Types of Admission

First it is important to explain that a child can be admitted to care in two ways, voluntarily or involuntarily.

Voluntary admission occurs when the guardian has entered the patient into treatment by signing a voluntary admission paperwork. This means the guardian is in agreement with the need for this level of care and will be fully involved in the treatment process.

Involuntary admission occurs when the patient is placed in the hospital legally without parental or guardian consent. Involuntary admission occurs when the patient is placed into treatment by a team consisting of a judge, a mental health professional, and a physician who recommend admission to the hospital based on the assessment that the patient is a danger to themselves or others.

Will my child’s stay be confidential (kept secret)? 

The patient records are confidential, seen only by authorized personnel, unless state laws require otherwise. A four digit Private Identification Number (PIN) will be provided to the guardian during the initial contact and will be required for any future contacts. In the state of Tennessee, individuals 16 years of age or older are entitled to the same privacy rights as adults and can determine what information can be released. Specific questions about confidentiality should be directed to hospital staff.