Intermountain Hospital's Assessment and Referral Department will answer your questions, arrange risk assessments and coordinate the admission process. Please note that we schedule our assessments and admissions by appointment to reduce wait time for clients and their families. Prior to arriving at Intermountain, please call us at 208-377-8400 to schedule a time that is convenient for you.
- Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for risk assessments
- Ages 12 years and older
- A Registered Nurse or MSW provides all risk assessments
- Risk assessments are provided by appointment
- Clients are assessed and referred to the appropriate level of care which may be at Intermountain Hospital or another community resource for inpatient services
- If the risk assessment results in a recommendation for admission, admission will occur immediately following assessment
When you call, please be sure to have the following patient information on hand to ensure a smooth admission process:
- Birth date
- Behavioral issues and problems
- Active medical problems
- Past pertinent medical history
- Current medications, including those prescribed by a psychiatrist
- School records (if applicable)
- Copies of any psychological testing completed
- History of any encounters with law enforcement agencies
In addition, please have the following insurance information available to allow our offices to research your insurance policy so you may minimize your out-of pocket expenses:
- Insurance Company Name
- Policy Number
- Group Number
- Effective Date of Coverage
- Policy Holder
- Group or Company Name of Policy Holder
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL ADMISSIONS
The following information is meant to help new admissions with preparation for their stay with and departure from Intermountain Hospital. Please note that Intermountain Hospital cannot provide internet services or access for our patients due to no wireless connectivity. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and highly recommend patients seeking treatment complete any/all financial transactions prior to admission.
- If possible, please bring (or have brought to you) a few changes of clothing.
- Avoid “over-packing” as storage space is limited.
- Please leave valuables such as cash, jewelry, laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, and credit cards at home, or send them home as soon as possible after admission. These items are not allowed on the unit.
- To help prevent misplaced or lost items, it is helpful if your personal items are labeled with at least your first name & last initial.
- All items brought in by or for you will have to be checked by staff members for any potential safety issues or prohibited items. Unit staff will document all of the patient’s belongings.
- Any items that, per hospital policy, are considered unsafe (or even potentially unsafe) will be secured until the patient is discharged.
- Flowers or plants delivered for you will need to be kept at the nurses’ station for safety and environmental considerations.
- When the time comes for your discharge, please make very sure to collect all of your belongings (clothes, toiletries, jackets, etc.) and/or any medications you may have brought to the hospital.
- Intermountain Hospital is not responsible for patient property that is kept by patients on the unit. Please be aware that we keep “found” unidentified items and medications left behind for only 2 weeks.
PERSONAL CARE / HYGIENE ITEMS / TOILETRIES
- These items are frequently referred to as your “ADLs” (Activities of Daily Living) on the unit.
- Please bring personal care items that you use on a daily basis. However, glass containers, mirrors, safety razors, hair ties with metal pieces, and toiletries containing alcohol will not be allowed on the unit (please leave such items at home).
- Items brought from home should be in their original, PLASTIC containers. Make-up products may be used, but they cannot be in glass containers, have mirrors, or ANY metal parts.
- Cordless razors may be brought from home, but will only be checked out to a patient for supervised use.
- We do not allow perfume, body spray, or cologne due to potential allergies, sensitivities, or irritations of other patients and staff.
Service animals are welcome at the facility.
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service animals require the following prior to acceptance:
- Patient/Visitor will have control of the animal at all times.
- Patient/Visitor will clean up after their animal.
- Patient/Visitor will be able to care for their animal including providing food and water.
- Patient/Visitor acuity will be reviewed. Patient will be able to maintain safety with their animal (i.e patient who is suicidal/self-harming cannot be left alone with a leash/collar that can be used for self-harm).
- If the patient is not able or is unwilling to care for the animal as listed above, the nursing supervisor and the Administrator on Call will ask for the animal to be removed from the hospital grounds.
The following dress code has been developed to serve as a guideline for patients. Patients may request from staff that their laundry be washed. Laundry soap will be provided by the hospital.
- Tube tops/tank tops cannot to be worn by either females or males.
- Clothing cannot be see-through, too tight, too loose, or too short.
- Shoes should be worn outside of the hospital buildings. Feet should be covered at all times; slippers and socks are acceptable while in the building. Slipper socks can be provided for you.
- Patients must wear some kind of bed clothing. Sleeping in the nude or in underwear is not allowed. Nightwear is restricted to the bedroom.
- Any strings, sashes, belts, shoelaces, scarves, hair ties, etc. cannot be on the unit.
- Due to safety and security issues, Intermountain Hospital requests that patients leave/send all personal jewelry items home for the duration of their stay here. Otherwise, jewelry will be secured by staff, documented, and locked-up until the patient’s time of discharge.
- Wedding rings are permitted to be worn by patients only if the patient is determined to not be at risk of losing the ring, giving the ring away, or using the ring to harm self/others.
- Body piercings are not allowed, although sometimes removing jewelry may cause harm. In this case, the jewelry may remain and the patient must agree to leave the piercings in.
- If piercings are removed and the pierced area is free from infection or other complication, plastic “retainer” clips can be utilized to maintain the pierced area. All retainers must be entirely made of plastic. The hospital does not supply these retainers.
The following contraband items are not allowed on any of the units. Please note that while these items may not necessarily pose a safety risk to you, they may pose a potential risk for others. All items brought to the unit by anyone will be reviewed by staff for on-unit approval. Examples of contraband include, but are not limited to:
- Strings, wires, shoelaces, belts, cords, ties, scarves, long hair ties, etc.
- All jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, watches, body piercing jewelry, rings, etc. (Wedding rings are only acceptable if the patient is not at a risk of losing/giving rings away or self-harm.)
- Please be advised that Intermountain Hospital highly recommends having jewelry items sent home with family members or being locked up as valuables. Body piercings may only remain if it’s determined that the removal will cause more harm to the patient than leaving them in.
- Alcohol, drugs & medications – including over-the-counter medication
- Health care supplements
- Perfume, body spray, or cologne
- Lighters & matches
- Firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind
- Glass, mirrors, bottles, etc.
- Electrical or battery operated devices – including MP3 players, laptops, electronic games
- Any magnetic toys or other items containing magnets
- Plastic bags & luggage
- Pop cans or metal cans of any sort
- Plastic bottles, travel mugs, or beverage containers
- Animals/pets (other than necessary service animals – no companion animals or pets)
- Boots with reinforced/steel toes
- Coat hangers (wire or plastic)
- Fingernail polish and remover
- Sharp objects: tacks, pins, razors, pencil sharpeners, scissors, tweezers, clippers, eyelash curlers, sharp hair clips with metal, etc.
- Electric blankets & heating pads
- Curling irons, flat irons, or hairdryers
- Art supplies: liquid paper, permanent markers, erasers, ink pens, long pencils (ONLY short “golf” pencils are supplied & allowed on the units. They may be sharpened at nurses station.)
- Toxic fluids/chemicals: ammonia, bleach, gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.
- Food is not permitted in patient rooms
For any additional information or questions, contact us at 800-321-5984 or 208-377-8400.