Frequently Asked Questions
Partial Hospitalization

Four Winds Westchester

The Child & Adolescent Service

The Child and Adolescent Partial Programs offer intensive, structured, short-term treatment. The Child 
Partial Program provides services for children ages 10-12.  The Adolescent Partial Program services teens from 13-17.  This level of care is appropriate for children and adolescents who require a higher level of care than less intense outpatient services.  Participants in the Partial programs typically expereincing difficulty managing behavior at home and/or school.  The program also serves as a transitional level of care from inpatient to outpatient.  Both programs work with individuals managing a wide array of diagnosis and behavioral difficulties including mood disorders, anxiety, and oppositional defiance among others.

The Adult Service

The Adult Partial Program offers full day short-term group treatment for adults. The program is appropriate for adults 18 and over who require a higher level of care than less intense outpatient services. Participants in the program are typically experiencing difficulty managing psychosocial stressors and life challenges. The program also serves as a transitional level of care from inpatient to outpatient. The program works with individuals managing a wide array of diagnosis including: depression, anxiety, psychosis, and co-occurring substance abuse disorders.

Who will be involved in my treatment?

Treatment will be provided by a treatment team, a group of professionals and paraprofessionals that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurse practitioners, licensed mental health counselors, and a licensed art therapist. They work collaboratively with you to integrate important aspects of your treatment.

What is my family’s role in my treatment?

Family participation is an integral component of our multimodal treatment approach.

 

What should I bring with me to the program each day?

Most of what each participant will need will be provided each day by the Program. Participants should however:

  • Wear comfortable, casual clothing that is socially appropriate. Keep current weather conditions in mind.
  • Bring daily treatment materials that will be provided to participants during the
  • treatment day.
  • Adults may bring a small amount of cash to buy snacks at the hospital dining room during lunch.

Is food provided during the day?

Snacks and lunch will be provided each day. Lunch is served in the main dinning hall during the assigned lunch time. Please check the program schedule for snack and lunch times.

What should I leave at home during my treatment?

Please do not bring large sums of cash, jewelry, electronic equipment, CDs, valuables, weapons of any kind, matches, lighters, cigarettes, drugs, belts, scarves, mirrors, scissors, pocket knives, media disks, regular pencils, pens, Sharpies, markers, and any gang-identifying clothing or jewelry (i.e., bandannas). For reasons of confidentiality, personal cameras, and other photographic-type equipment may not be brought to the hospital.

Will I go to school? What is the Learning Center?

Children and adolescents in the Partial Program attend school from Monday through Friday, during the school year at the Four Winds Learning Center, an on-site school staffed with master's level and special education teachers. The education team works closely with the home school district to make sure that each student gets credit for the schoolwork that is completed. The Learning Center has individualized or small group, instruction and is conducted in self-contained classrooms. With written permission, regular contact with the in-home teacher, the home-district teacher, guidance counselor and school administrators ensures educational continuum. At the time of discharge, the Learning Center instructor will prepare a final written report notifying the home-school district of all pertinent information regarding the student, including recommendations for continued successful learning.

Safety and security

To ensure a safe and substance-free environment, belongings may be searched at the discretion of the staff. Contraband will be confiscated and parents notified. Contraband includes, but is not limited to drugs, alcohol, and weapons.

Are there drug screening procedures?

Yes. In order to ensure a substance-free environment, urine screens may be conducted on a random basis and at the discretion of the staff.

What is the policy on cell phones?

Adults should turn off their cell phones during program hours. To ensure the security and privacy of our patients, participants with camera phones are prohibited from taking pictures or videos while on hospital grounds. Cell phones are collected from children and adolescents at the beginning of the day and returned at the end of the day.

What about transportation?

Participants must arrange their own daily transportation to and from the Partial Program.  Four Winds provides prearranged transportation for a limited number of child and adolescents in a defined geographic area.  Patients in the adult program may drive themselves, but will be asked to hand in keys during the day.  Adult participants driving themselves are to park in the lot outside the building.  Patients in the child or adolescent programs must be transported by a parent, or school. No teens may drive themselves. Parents or guardians/families may not car pool.

What if I am absent?

Daily attendance is mandatory for participation in the program. If you are unable to attend on a scheduled program day, please call 1-800-528-6624, ext. 2200 to advise the staff that you will not be attending that day. Provide a reason for your absence and leave a phone number where you can be reached. If you have not called in after the program begins, we will call you. Parents should call the program on behalf of their child. If you are recieving Four Winds transportation, please call transportation by 6:30 am to cancel.

Inclement weather

In the event of bad weather, please call 1-800-528-6624, ext. 2200 to access information regarding program closings or delayed openings. Participants are responsible for their own transportation arrangements in the event of an early program closing due to bad weather.

What about an emergency?

If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If you need to reach us outside of the regularly scheduled program hours, please call the Four Winds switchboard at 1-800-528-6624 or 1-914-763-8151 and ask the operator to refer you to the nursing supervisor. Leave your name and a number at which you can be reached.

Will anyone find out that I am here?

Each patient has the right, within the law, to personal privacy and privacy of information. Patient information is discreetly shared within the treatment team. Written consent is required prior to having information shared with other individuals, including schools, and outside therapists. To ensure this privacy for everyone, and to enhance the healing process, we ask that you, your family members, and significant others to not disclose information, stories or names to anyone outside of the program.

What if I need to take medication during program hours?

If you or your child takes medication during program hours, please ensure you, or your child’s saftey by handing medications to staff in a properly labeled pharmacutical bottle. Our nurses will administer medications to children and adolescents. Adults may self-administor medications.

What are my rights and responsibilities as a patient?

Four Winds Hospital recognizes the value, worth and uniqueness of each individual, and is committed to providing considerate, respectful and effective treatment in response to each patient’s individual health-care needs. For your convenience the “Notice to Patients – General Statement of the Rights of Patients” is clearly posted. Each patient at Four Winds Hospital has the right to:

  • Confidentiality, privacy and expression of his or her individuality regarding spiritual beliefs and cultural practices, providing that these practices do not harm or otherwise interfere with a planned course of treatment for themselves or other individuals.
  • Request information regarding their medical record from their therapist and be kept completely informed regarding their care and treatment.
  • Participate in their treatment and discharge plan to the extent that they are able to do so (or to give consent to allow another individual, usually a relative or close friend, to act as his or her legally authorized representative when such action is indicated).
  •  Follow hospital rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct, and follow and comply with the treatment plan recommended by the treatment team responsible for his/her care.

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To Make a Referral, Call:
1-914-763-8151 or 1-800-528-6624
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

To Make
A Referral, call:
1-914-763-8151 or
1-800-528-6624
24 Hours A Day,
7 Days A Week