Often times our patients and their families come to us scared, confused, and looking for hope. When residential treatment is indicated, there are often significant struggles in the lives of the afflicted individual and their family. This may be a severe episode of depression, self-destructive behavior, extreme anxiety, frequent mood fluctuations, a recent suicide attempt, difficulty managing stress, problems in interpersonal relationships, and more. We, at Sierra Meadows, are here to be a beacon of hope in these difficult times. Our expert staff are ready to help you establish the fulfilling life you desire.
The residential treatment program at Sierra Meadows is a unique expertly designed approach to treatment. Our goal is to restore healthy neuropsychological functioning in each individual. To accomplish that, we have implemented a program that is based on the best neuroscientific research available. We do not limit ourselves to one method of delivering services we provide an intentionally designed program to incorporate a holistic approach to treatment that is neuropsychologically driven. Below you will find a list of services offered during your stay at Sierra Meadows’ residential program.
All incoming patients receive a psychiatric evaluation by a board-certified psychiatrist within 72 hours of admission. Our psychiatrist is one of the leading experts in the field with experience in both traditional psychiatric medicine as well as holistic and alternative medicines. When meeting with the psychiatrist for an initial evaluation, each patient will receive an individualized treatment plan that takes into account their past psychiatric history, their unique genetic metabolite profile (lab test for medications that work specific to that individual), and personal neurotransmitter profile (lab test for current brain functioning). Utilizing these tools, along with expert clinical interviewing, allows our psychiatrist to quickly and effectively hone in on the right medications and/or supplements for each patient.
Biopsychosocial Evaluation and Individualized Treatment Plan
All incoming patients will receive a thorough biopsychosocial evaluation by a qualified mental health professional. These evaluations include gathering a complete history and current understanding of the unique struggles of each patient. At the conclusion of this evaluation, the mental health professional will work with the patient and family to develop an individualized treatment plan that aims to address the issues identified in the evaluation. Specific services will be identified to address each area of concern and treatment goals will be established along with a plan of action.
Each patient will be assigned an individual therapist who will meet with them multiple times per week. These therapy sessions are aimed not only at reducing psychiatric symptoms, but building the skills necessary to cope with life’s stressors, establish social support, increase self-understanding, and improve overall quality of life through wellness based approaches to living.
Our therapists are highly skilled in a variety of evidence based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, trauma therapy, solution-focused therapy, and more. Because of the extensive experience our therapists bring, we are able to cater our treatment approach to the unique needs of each patient.
In the residential setting, group therapy plays a key role in psychosocial rehabilitation. Patients at Sierra Meadows receive a full day of clinical programming seven days per week – the majority of which is group therapy. Each group has a specific purpose that fits into the overall design of the program. Psychoeducational groups focus on teaching patients about mental health symptoms and conditions as well as building coping skills for dealing with symptoms. Process groups allow patients to share their stories and struggles in order to work through difficult past and current issues. Experiential groups allow patients to be actively engaged in the treatment process in order to build new skills in real life situations. Additional groups are incorporated based on the needs of the individuals in the milieu. These groups are uniquely designed for those needing a residential level of care and are based on neuropsychological principles of healing.
Each patient is assigned a therapist that will meet with them multiple times per week. During the course of treatment, families will be encouraged to participate in at least one family therapy session. More sessions may be recommended by the therapist depending on the needs of the patient. Family therapy sessions have a variety of aims: educating the family on mental health symptoms and conditions, establishing healthy support and communication within the family, establishing a discharge plan, etc. The focus of your family sessions will depend the patient's specific needs.
There are times when experts may need to rely on psychological testing to rule out or confirm a psychiatric diagnosis. In these instances, Sierra Meadows has the ability to utilize psychometric tests to aid in this process. Because this service may not be covered by your insurance, an additional cost may be incurred.
Sierra Meadows nursing staff is available around the clock to monitor and supervise patient care. Our nurses are highly skilled at assessing and evaluating patient progress, barriers to progress, treatment needs, etc. and will be continually observing and evaluating patients. Our nursing staff is responsible for ensuring that each patient’s medical needs, including psychiatric medication, are being met. They are available at any time for treatment updates and to answer any questions family members may have (with proper consent).
Neuropsychologically Designed Milieu
The overarching goal of our treatment at Sierra Meadows is the restoration of healthy neuropsychological functioning for each individual. This means that we take a brain based approach to treating the emotional, cognitive, and relational issues our patients are struggling with. In addition to the services mentioned above, we integrate other forms of treatment in order to achieve this goal. Patients receive regular physical activity and attend the gym daily. Outings in the community are planned regularly to assist in practicing coping skills outside the facility. Nature based activities are used to connect patients to nature and themselves. At times, holistic therapies such as massage, yoga, gardening, and art therapy are used to reach areas of the brain that traditional talk therapy cannot. Each of these modalities is used with intention, research evidence, and neuropsychological healing in mind.
Each incoming patient will be assigned a case manager who is responsible for assisting with needs such as disability claims, FMLA paperwork, housing and transportation needs following treatment, insurance issues, legal issues, etc. The case manager will assist in establishing a discharge plan to include follow up care when a patient completes their treatment.