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What to Look For When Choosing a Behavioral Health Center?

Finding a behavioral health center can be a process. Seeking help for your mental or behavioral health, or that of your loved one, is a deeply personal decision. You want to find a center that has experienced, knowledgeable and trustworthy people, but you’re in a rush, not wanting the window of opportunity to close. This article will help you know what to look for in a behavioral health center – to choose a place that best fits you and the condition you are struggling with, and a facility that can best help lead you toward a path of recovery.

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What to Look For

Much of what you or a loved one needs depends on your situation. The first step then is to reach out to a professional and get information on what options are out there. Not everyone that requires help follows the same path of care. Mental health primary with substance abuse may require a different path from substance abuse primary with mental health. Sometimes intensive outpatient makes more sense than residential and vice-versa. Looking for a place that best matches your needs is very important. So too is knowing exactly what those needs may be…and for that you need a clinician.

Destination Hope offers virtually all levels of care and we are one of the few facilities that can treat both mental health and substance abuse primary clients. Regardless of what you’re looking for or what you’re struggling with, Destination Hope most likely has an option for you. We fill the nuanced needs of someone who struggles with complex mental health or trauma issues and/or serious substance abuse problems and isn’t looking for the typical treatment center.

What to Ask

It is very important to ask questions such as:

  • How do the therapists and psychiatrists work together?
  • What does the clinical team look like?
  • Are the therapists all master’s degree level?
  • Is there a board-certified psychiatrist on site?
  • Do they have supportive services, such as nurse practitioners and physicians that are there to address any medical needs?
  • How long has the facility been around?
  • How do they hire and train clinical and medical staff?

Destination Hope is a team. The therapists talk with the psychiatrist, the psychiatrist talks with the clinical directors, the clinical directors talk with the director of nursing, and we all communicate about how a client is presenting and what they. The result is the ability to address their unique circumstance symbiotically. It’s a collaborative process – the support staff, the nutritionist, the yoga instructor – they all see a different side of the client it is important to share, discuss and address.

The Bottom Line

 Finding a place with an experienced, knowledgeable, and collaborative team is critically important.

If you or someone you love is struggling with their behavioral health including addiction and mental health issues, contact us today. Destination Hope is a full-service treatment facility that takes a collaborative approach toward patient care to ensure those that put their trust in us are on a successful road to recovery.