Admission and Intake
Speak with our Intake & Admissions Team
PCH Treatment Center features an experienced and caring admissions team that will help you and your family member assess your psychological treatment needs and recommend an appropriate next step. Often a client, or a family will contact us because they do not know what steps to take. An initial discussion with our team will determine whether a client is appropriate for one of our treatment programs. We will also determine what level of care to recommend: Supportive Housing, Day Treatment, IOP or Case Management. We are also happy to help clients and families who need other types of care. We have a vast network of partners and recommended providers.
What To Expect
When a client and/or family arrives at PCH, we are happy to tour them around the campus and show them our facilities and supportive housing options. We discuss descriptions of the programs, schedules, fees, and an explanation of how the admissions process works. If the client is deemed appropriate for treatment at PCH and the client (and family) would like to proceed, a thorough interview is conducted. During this interview we obtain a preliminary psychological profile, which includes medical and medication history, family contacts, previous treatment history, psychological history, and current living, work and social situation.
PCH Treatment Center can offer guidance to the client or their family to make travel arrangements. PCH Treatment Center offers complimentary transportation from LAX to the center for the client and their family (when appropriate). We also have recommendations for local hotels, apartments and other short or long term stay options.
Upon Admission, each client participates in a full day of orientation. Each client will meet with their program director, individual therapist, neurofeedback coordinator, operations staff, psychiatry coordinator and other service providers. Clients will see a psychiatrist within 24 hours of admission to clarify and optimize their medication regimen (if medications are needed). If they are staying in supportive living, staff will assist them in getting situated and setting up their room. If a client arrives on a weekend, PCH may recommend a part-time companion. If a client arrives during the week, the regular schedule begins on the next day after orientation day. Each client is assigned a primary doctoral level therapist and a Client Program Director. A psychological evaluation is performed and a treatment plan is formulated. A recommended estimated length of stay is also discussed. Clients also receive a Client Handbook and schedule.