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Frequently Asked Questions

We provide a secure environment for our patients. Many of them suffer from conditions that make it difficult for them to maintain their own safety outside of a structured environment.

We must also be able to identify any visitors to our units before they enter patient areas.

We provide toys, books and games for your child to play with during their stay. If you feel it would be important for your child to have a few toys from home, please discuss this with your child’s unit staff.

Call 800-457-9312 to speak to an account representative in the business office. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Call 800-457-9312 at any hour. If you know the name of the physician or therapist you wish to reach, please ask for that person or leave a message. If you are seeking outpatient care, please ask to speak with the outpatient clinic staff.

Call 800-457-9312 and ask to speak with the education department.

This refers to all the people who work with you or your family member in the recovery process. Each member of your treatment team has a special role in treatment, including you.

Active family participation is crucial to mental health treatment. Family members are essential parts of the treatment team. Treatment decisions are often based on information provided by family members.Aftercare plans are detailed and reviewed with the patient and family prior to discharge.

Medication is an effective tool in mental health and substance abuse treatment. However, they are only prescribed after the benefits and possible side effects have been thoroughly reviewed with the patient and family and after consents have been granted. Medications are closely monitored and their effectiveness is frequently reviewed.

Each day’s activities follow a structured schedule that includes group and individual therapy, therapeutic recreation activities, school, community meetings, treatment plan meetings, family therapy sessions and private time for reflection and working on written assignments.

We have a school on site for elementary, middle and high school students, which is staffed by certified teachers and aides. Please remember our primary focus is treating the behavioral issues that resulted in hospitalization. Once patients begin to stabilize, they can resume progress in schoolwork. With your permission, our education coordinator will work with your child’s school to coordinate their education needs. Pathways Unit students attend accredited language arts, math and health classes and can receive required credits after discharge.

Length of treatment varies per patient depending on their commitment to recovery, willingness to confront problems and change behaviors and the severity of their symptoms. Adults usually stay between five to 10 days in the acute program. Children and adolescents usually stay about two weeks in the acute program and one to three months in the residential program.

Therapists help patients and families coordinate discharges. We schedule an individual or family session near the time of discharge to address questions and concerns.

Our treatment programs are designed to help patients develop coping skills for their behavioral or chemical dependency issues. They will need to continue working on these skills after discharge and most likely for life. Successful treatment largely depends on to the effort the patient puts forth to make changes. We ask them to accept personal responsibility as they address their issues.

Wyoming Behavioral Institute supports and advocates for patients to be involved in the planning and decisions about their care. If your doctor and treatment team (and parents if the patient is a minor) determine it would be in your best interest to restrict your rights, it is our obligation to communicate with you about those restrictions and the reasons.

Seek Help Today

For more information or to arrange a confidential assessment at no charge, please call 800-457-9312. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.