At Pacific Grove Hospital we understand how difficult it can be to navigate mental health and reach out for help. Because of that, we are committed to assisting you as swiftly and comfortably as possible while addressing all of your concerns.

Admissions Overview

Pacific Grove Hospital is a 68-bed voluntary behavioral health hospital that proudly serves individuals, their families, and the community at large. Through the integration of family, state-of-the-art treatment provided by experienced, compassionate staff, and our serene environment, we understand how difficult and painful life can be when you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance abuse & addiction problem. With the proper understanding of the chemical dependency or mental health disorder and treatment aimed at the individual experiencing the crisis, we aim to restore a sense of hopefulness about the future. Upon your arrival to Pacific Grove Hospital, you will be greeted by our courteous, professional front office personnel who are available to answer your questions and address any concerns you have about entering our program. Our commitment is to assist you as swiftly and comfortably as possible.

Your concerns will be discussed in a private, confidential manner by our empathetic staff. Our thoughtful, highly experienced clinicians will meet with you in a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss your needs and to determine the most appropriate level of treatment for your individual care. If hospitalization is needed, the assessment team member will take the appropriate steps and arrange for your admission. Most health plans and Medicare accepted.

What to Bring

We want every person entering treatment to have a healthy, comfortable and safe environment in which to begin healing. For this reason, we have some strict policies on what you may bring with you and what should be left at home.

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable, casual clothing that is in good taste is appropriate for therapy (for example, jeans, casual slacks, sports shirts, and jogging suits, and appropriate-length shorts such as Bermuda/walking shorts). Note, also that undergarments are required (e.g., bras, underwear).
  • Flat-soled or tennis shoes are recommended. Shoes and/or slippers must be worn outside your room.
  • We recommend limiting your clothing to 3 days. Laundry facilities, including supplies, are available for patient use.
  • Lightweight jackets and sweaters are recommended year-round. A heavier coat or jacket is recommended for winter months.
  • Medication bottles with medications.
  • Insurance card.
  • A living will or healthcare Power of Attorney.
  • Reading material related to healing and recovery. Please note, all reading material is subject to review

What NOT to Bring:

  • Clothing that depicts alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, gambling, or sports teams (or any clothing deemed inappropriate by staff) is not allowed.
  • Clothing that is form-fitting clothing, including Lycra tights or biking or running shorts. No low-cut tops, blouses with spaghetti straps, or tank tops. Bare midriffs are unacceptable. Jeans and clothing must not have suggestive tears or cutouts.
  • Non-prescription medications (Advil, Tylenol, etc.).
  • Radios, CD players, iPods, or any type of portable media players, cell phones, laptops, electronic address books, audio, tv’s, camera’s, etc.).
  • Exercise equipment, craft materials, musical instruments, or irons.
  • Reading material not related to recovery. Novels, magazines, or publications may not be brought in.
  • Shoe polish, soap, detergent, or bleach.
  • Cell phones.

Please note, the determination of inappropriate attire will be at staff’s discretion and is not negotiable.

Admissions Criteria

Once the assessment process is completed by our staff, we will evaluate individual risk factors in order to determine the most beneficial and least restrictive level of care. Inpatient hospitalization is the last and most acute level of care and is only utilized when all other treatment options have been exhausted. Inpatient admission is only appropriate if there is an imminent danger to self or others, inability to care for self, or the need for medical supervision due to acute toxicity or withdrawal effects caused by prolonged exposure due to substance abuse. Some that do not meet these criteria may be appropriate for a less restrictive level of care such as intensive outpatient treatment or partial hospitalization programming. We strongly encourage all individuals that are considering treatment, to walk-in or schedule an assessment with one of our professional intake staff and allow them to suggest the most appropriate level of treatment. Below is a breakdown of the most common admission criteria for inpatient services.

Criteria for inpatient admission include but are not limited to the following:

General criteria for inpatient admissions and possible insurance company coverage:

PSYCHIATRIC (Currently Exhibiting)

  1. Danger to Self or Others (Suicidal or Homicidal) and wanting to be treated
  2. Gravelly disabled
  3. Severally depressed, with no motivation to live (Passive Suicidal Ideations) decrease in eating (ie, eating 1 meal a day) decrease in sleeping  (ie, sleeping 2-4 hrs a night, broken sleep), severe deterioration in the baseline level of functioning
  4. Anxiety alone is not enough to warrant an in-patient hospitalization, however, anxiety mixed with any of the above-mentioned symptoms may be covered

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY (Within 1-2 days of last use)

  1. Alcohol
  2. Heroin
  3. Opiates (Some insurance companies will only authorize for Out-Pt Detox only!)
  4. Benzodiazepines (Ativan, Librium, Valium, Xanax, etc…)
  5. Methamphetamines are usually not covered for detox alone.
  6. Cannabis (Marijuana) is not covered for Inpatient detox, could be a covered benefit for Outpatient services (Not Detox)

In-patient hospitalization is a much higher level of care, which usually means that the patient is in immediate crisis if the person doesn’t detox, or that the person is at risk of harming self or others if they are not admitted.  If a person does not fall into any of those categories outpatient hospitalization (PHP or IOP) may be recommended by the insurance company. All levels of care are based on medical necessity.

Unsure of the help you need?

Everyone at Pacific Grove Hospital, from my assigned physician to the social workers were absolutely wonderful to work with. Groups were informative and useful- I learned and reinforced a lot of different coping skills.

– Brooke C.
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