Patient Visitor Guide

What To Expect During Your Stay At Denver Springs

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Our Inpatient Services are designed to provide an intensive, highly-structured treatment program for patients with psychiatric, addictive, and co-occurring disorders. The program addresses the mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, cognitive, and social elements of each patient’s health.

Our program utilizes a treatment team approach that includes a variety of professional disciplines working together to personalize an individual treatment plan. Upon admission, we will evaluate you through a series of assessment tools and develop a specific, comprehensive treatment plan for you. Some of the major considerations that will be assessed include psychological conditions, behavioral problems, medical considerations, family dynamics, and vocational/supportive needs.

Upon completion of these assessments, your treatment plan will be developed with you. You will then have a set of goals to focus on while you are in the hospital. All members of the multi-disciplinary team will work together to assist you in achieving your specific goals. The treatment team consists of:

Psychiatrist - A physician is responsible for coordinating the care given by all members of the treatment team. They are also responsible for prescribing medication and other procedures that are appropriate components of your treatment. The physician is the only team member with the authority to discharge you.

Psychologist - A mental health professional with specialized training who may administer psychological testing to aid in your diagnosis and treatment planning.

Staff Nurse - A registered nurse/licensed nurse who performs duties as prescribed by a physician including administering medication, observing your behavior, and reporting on your conditions to treatment team members. Our nurses help you deal with various issues, both physical and emotional.

Patient Care Assistant (PCA) - A trained staff member who listens, supports, and encourages while assisting you through your daily routine. Our PCAs help make you comfortable while also assisting with your psychiatric educational groups.

Recreational/Expressive Therapist - This therapist provides therapy for behavioral, social, and physical goals through games, crafts, leisure education, creative expression, relaxation training, and other specialty groups.

Therapist/Social Worker - Therapy and family therapy is provided by the social worker, professional counselor and/or marriage and family therapist. Therapists and social workers are active members of the treatment team and will act as the liaison between you, your family, and the treatment team, as well as providing meaningful therapeutic interventions for you. A therapist will function as your primary case manager.

Your Treatment Goals

In order to get the most out of your treatment at Denver Springs, it is important that you work with the staff to develop your own personalized treatment plan. The Denver Springs treatment team will provide an in-depth treatment schedule to assist you in getting the very most out of your treatment stay.

It is essential that you engage fully in your own treatment plan, and that means attending all scheduled groups and therapeutic opportunities. The Denver Springs staff is here to support you and encourage you--even when you may be tempted to do less than your best. We know you can and will be successful in your treatment stay, but only you can decide to get the most out of your stay with us. Our goal is to teach you the tools to regain your life.


The Dietary program at Denver Springs is carefully planned to provide food that meets the recommended dietary requirements. Well-balanced meals are served in a cafeteria style setting. A Registered Dietitian will provide consultation as needed in planning regular and special diets. Snacks and drinks are available on the unit.

Telephone Calls

We encourage ongoing communication with loved ones and significant others. We have designated times on the daily schedule for phone calls. The times are designed so you are able to focus on your treatment and not to be distracted during scheduled treatment times. In emergency situations, the nurse in charge of the unit can make exceptions to the phone schedule.

Incoming patient phone calls will be accepted but as long as it is not during a scheduled group or activity. Outgoing phone calls are to be made during personal time and limited to 10 minutes in length. After discharge from the inpatient unit, you are not permitted to call patients.


A visitation schedule will be provided to you and your family. Visitation is typically scheduled on two week nights for approximately an hour, and on one day during the weekend to include a family meal and family education group.