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Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of issues are treated at Wellstone?

Wellstone Regional Hospital provides mental health and chemical dependency services. Some issues that are treated at Wellstone include, but are not limited to:

  • Stress
  • Anger/rage
  • Hyperactivity
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Suicidal/homicidal thoughts
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Self-mutilation

What can I expect from treatment?

If you are admitted to inpatient or outpatient treatment you should expect to be an active part of the process. At Wellstone, you will be involved in group-based therapy. Groups may be about medication education and learning new ways to deal with feelings, recovery, etc. You will meet with your assigned social worker to begin creating your treatment plan within 72 hours. The social worker will be the contact for treatment-related communication to the family and patient. You may also participate in family sessions as part of your treatment. Although you may receive some individual therapy, it is not the basis for inpatient treatment.

Other group therapies you may receive are recreation, music, horticulture, art and expressive. A dietician is also available to meet with you individually as needed.

Your treatment information is private. Patient ID numbers are one way to make sure that your information is not shared with someone that shouldn’t have it.

How will my doctor be involved?

You will be assigned a psychiatrist upon admission. The psychiatrist, together with a team of staff, will be working with you to ensure that your individual needs are met. Medication is commonly used by the doctors with the group therapy and education services provided. Research indicates that therapy and medication are very effective treatments when used together. Meetings with the psychiatrist may be brief, as the treatment team provides most services.

A medical doctor and nurse practitioners will also be available for your medical needs, if necessary. They will get a general medical history from you and provide a basic physical examination upon admission. They will also be available 24 hours a day for any medical needs, along with 24-hour nursing care.

How long will I be in the hospital?

Length of stay varies by patient and is determined by the progress of your treatment, individual need and your own motivation. You and the treatment team will review your progress and determine a discharge date. We will work together with you towards that goal.

Because of potential dangers to yourself or others, a process is in place for requesting to leave treatment early. This is called being discharged Against Medical Advice (AMA). If a patient chooses this option, we will discuss the risks and benefits of leaving early. There is a possibility that some insurance carriers could deny payment for your hospital stay and you may become fully responsible for your bill should you leave AMA. Once an AMA request has been made, your doctor has 24 hours to assess you and make a determination about the safety of your discharge. Patient safety is foremost in this decision.

What is Wellstone Regional Hospital’s continuum of care? What can I expect from it?

Wellstone Regional Hospital’s continuum of care is our range of health services provided after a discharge from inpatient treatment, ensuring a successful release back to daily life. At the beginning of the admissions process, our treatment team will formulate a plan with you based on your personal needs and strengths. Once an inpatient stay is complete, the treatment team will discuss your next steps in transitioning to a lower level of care, such as IOP. We prefer all patients who live within a reasonable distance of Wellstone to partake in these lower levels of care to increase the chance of sustained success.

What do I need to bring?

It is recommended each patient bring three changes of clothes, including shirts, pants, socks, underwear, etc. Below are items that are not permitted in the facility:

  • Plastic bags
  • Razors (May have electric)
  • Glass
  • Anything in aerosol form
  • Lighters
  • Clothing with strings/drawstrings
  • Bras with underwire
  • Pillows or blankets
  • Outside food/drink/candy
  • Alcohol-based products, including perfume or cologne
  • Tobacco products for minors
  • Medications from home (unless asked to by nurse)
  • Cell phones
  • Shoestrings
  • Videos/DVDs
  • Wire-bound notebooks
  • Belts
  • Clothing with alcohol/drug advertisement or inappropriate content
  • Metal hair clips
  • Keys
  • Pens
  • Electronics
  • Wallets

How can I make a referral?

To make a referral, please call (812) 284-8000 and ask for the Evaluation and Referral Department. A clinician will assist you with the scheduling process.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away

We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but an Assessment and Referral specialist is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call for a no cost assessment at 812-284-8000. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.