Admission Requirements

** WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE MY CHILD IS ADMITTED TO THE BOBBY BENSON CENTER?**

PRE-ADMISSIONS MEETING: this allows for you and your family to obtain a brief view of the treatment program, and what to expect while your child is in treatment at the Bobby Benson Center (BBC). Pre-admissions meeting participants should include (but not limited to): you and your child, Parole Officer (if applicable), assigned Care Coordinator (if applicable), and BBC Staff: Clinical Director, Case Manager and Intake Coordinator.

REQUIRED MEDICAL DOCUMENTS:
--Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance dated within one year
--Physical dated within 30 days

Also, upon admission to the Bobby Benson Center, parents and/or authorized guardian will need to provide clothing & hygiene supplies (see "What To Bring Upon Admission" section).

The following criteria must be met before acceptance into the program:

--Males and females between the ages of 13 and 17 years.
--The client voluntarily agrees to participate in treatment.
--The client is mentally competent and able to commit to treatment.
--Clients requiring medical detoxification and/or medical supervision will be referred to a nearby hospital for 24 to 72 hours of observation prior to admission to the Bobby Benson Center (BBC). The Clinical Director will then determine the final decision regarding admission to BBC.

Applications to BBC may be excluded for admission due to the following reasons:

--Acute medical problems requiring medical supervision and/or treatment not routinely available at the Bobby Benson Center.
--Intoxication, incapacitation and/or under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs to the degree that the client is functionally impaired.
--Dangerous and/or disruptive behavior, threats of violence or history of violence.
--Infectious diseases, i.e. chicken pox, active hepatitis, active tuberculosis.
--Mental disorders which would preclude active program participation, e.g. psychosis, organic brain syndrome, thought disorders, and active suicidal thoughts or homicidal thoughts.
--The client is unwilling to accept program standards as defined in the Registration Form given at the beginning of the process.

If a client is not appropriate for admission to the Bobby Benson Center, the staff will make reasonable effort to refer the client to the appropriate service. Upon "release of information" approvals, the patient and family/referral contact will be informed of the reasons for ineligibility along with a subsequent referral. Referrals will be documented including contact person and outcome of referral.