Residential Behavioral Health facilities are not intended to be a permanent housing option and unlike other care facility types there are strict admission criteria that must be followed.
Generally, admission criteria is as follows:
- Presents with one or more psychiatric diagnoses requiring moderately complicated psychiatric and/or medical management.
- Presents with a substance use disorder with a high risk for continued chemical use if not in a structured, 24-hour treatment setting. Demonstrates moderate to high levels of denial and resistance to changing drug-using lifestyle.
- Presents with a pattern of moderate risk for danger to self or danger to others
- High risk for continued harmful behavior if not in a structured, 24-hour treatment setting.
- Moderate to high levels of denial and resistance to change, or history of failure to make adequate progress in an outpatient treating setting.
As noted previously, residential Behavioral Health facilities are not intended as a permanent housing option. The intent of this care option is to address the current presenting behavioral health issues and provide treatment so that the patient can discharge to a less restrictive long-term option in the community.
Most often, we see the need for these facilities when a client has dementia and they are suffering severe behavioral disturbances that present a threat to their safety or the safety of others. Many times these behavioral disturbances can be regulated with medication over the course of a few weeks or months at which point the most appropriate care setting would be Assisted Living or Memory Care.
The average cost of care ranges from $3,000/month to $6,000+/month.
The number of Behavioral Health facilities specializing in care for older adults is limited and for older adults with dementia with severe behavioral disturbances it is important to find a provider that understands their unique needs. Speak with your Care Advocate regarding your specific needs.