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What To Expect

What To Expect

Evaluation and Referrals

Wellstone Regional Hospital offers free health care assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Evaluation and Referral department is staffed by both registered nurses and masters-level social workers that are always available to complete assessments. A patient can either call and make an appointment or simply walk in for an assessment. Once the patient comes to Wellstone for their appointment, they will meet with a clinician in a private area to complete the health care assessment. Once the assessor gathers all information from the patient, the assessor will call the psychiatrist and review the assessment. The psychiatrist then makes the level of care determination for either inpatient or outpatient services.

Wellstone Regional Hospital’s team of mobile assessors also offers free health care assessments. This team is available to go to physician offices, schools, hospitals and emergency departments, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and immediate care centers and will complete the assessment in a private setting. The assessor then calls the psychiatrist for the level of care determination.

What Not to Bring

The following items are not allowed in the units, please leave them at home:

  • Weapons
  • Plastic bags
  • Razors (electric razors may be allowed; must be kept in storage when not in use)
  • Glass or anything in glass containers, including makeup
  • Aerosol containers
  • Lighters
  • Clothing with strings (strings may be removed by staff if requested)
  • Bras with underwire
  • Pillows or blankets
  • Stuffed animals larger than a football (children and adolescents only)
  • Outside food and drink
  • Alcohol-based products
  • Tobacco products
  • Medication from home, unless asked to bring by a nurse
  • Cell phones
  • Shoestrings
  • Videos, DVDs, CDs
  • Wire-bound notebooks
  • Belts
  • Clothing with inappropriate content including alcohol or drug advertisement
  • Metal hair clips
  • Keys
  • Pens
  • Batteries
  • Electronics
  • Perfumes
  • Wallets
  • Jewelry
  • Books, except for Bibles and other spiritual/inspirational books
  • Shirts with zippers
  • Paracords
  • Flip flops (slide on slippers are allowed)

For the safety of all our patients, restricted items are not limited to this list and Wellstone Regional Hospital reserves the right to restrict any item as necessary.

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 free assessment at 812-284-8000. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.