The admissions process begins with the first phone call or web inquiry and concludes with the admissions consultation, the face-to-face meeting with an admissions officer to assess readiness for admission. This process can take a week or a month (or longer), depending upon how quickly the following information can be completed and reviewed by an admissions officer.
Stages in the Admissions Process:
- Gather relevant clinical and medical information necessary to assess the appropriateness of the Riggs treatment approach.
- Review fee structure, payment policies, insurance reimbursement policy and need based fee reduction process with those individuals responsible for payment.
- Discuss the open setting, including the importance of maintaining an alliance and the nature of voluntary hospitalization with patient.
- Answer questions.
The admissions officer reviews all the information and, if Riggs seems potentially appropriate, makes an appointment for a consultation with possible admission. The final important step in this process is the admissions consultation. Eighty-five percent of those seen in admissions consultations are admitted.
The Admissions Process
An important note: Active substance use disorders seriously compromise self-examination and the ability to benefit from treatment. Active substance use at the time of consultation is the most frequent reason why patients who might otherwise be suitable for treatment at Riggs are turned away. We generally require that prospective patients with substance use disorders abstain from use of alcohol and other substances of abuse for 30 days prior to admission to Riggs, preferably from the moment of first hearing about this policy.