Admissions Process & Guide

Vermilion Hospital would like to welcome active duty, active reserve, retired military personnel, and their families to our FLAGS (Forgiving Losses and Gaining Strength) program. We are dedicated to providing a SAFETY FIRST program. The FLAGS program staff is committed to helping you meet your needs in an effective, efficient, and gracious manner with honor and dignity.

Admissions Process

Admissions to Vermilion Hospital’s FLAGS Program is based on key requirements:

-Evidence of chronic alcohol or drug abuse and/or psychiatric disorders that are consistently placing your safety or the safety of those around you in jeopardy.
-Your agreement to complete the inpatient phases of the treatment program, including the recovery from untreated psychiatric disorders.
-Your willingness and cooperation with enlisting the active participation of your family members or significant others in the program.

When a referral is made to Vermilion Hospital (VH), assessment and referral personnel are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. A qualified Assessment & Referral Specialist will assess military personnel for admission. Once the patient is assessed, a physician is contacted for admitting orders or other treatment recommendations, unless the Chain of Command, including Behavioral Health (ASAP, ADAPT), request a direct admission. If the service member requires medical clearance and is accompanied by the Chain of Command, Command would then transport to the nearest medical facility, or ambulance transfer if medically deemed appropriate to ensure all medical issues are determined to be stable enough for admission to Vermilion.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns at any time during the admission process, the Assessment & Referral Staff can connect you to the Vermilion Hospital Director of Clinical Services and/or Director of Case Management.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

What to Bring

  • Slip on shoes without laces to be worn while on the unit.
  • 3-5 changes of casual, comfortable clothing (only 3 changes kept in room at a time).
  • Jacket or sweatshirt (unit can become cold at times).
  • Athletic shoes and clothing for PT.
  • Basic hygiene supplies (alcohol free and no mirrors/glass bottles), as desired. Hospital brand items are available if needed. No powder or aerosol cans.
  • Cigarettes and/or chewing tobacco, if desired.
  • Money, i.e. small amount of cash, in a wallet or purse, to take on outings to purchase certain personal items or services, such as cigarettes, haircut, etc., if desired (expenses related to therapeutic activities conducted on outings are paid by Vermilion Hospital). Money will be secured in the safe when not needed.
  • ACU’s / BDU’s / Utility uniform for graduation ceremony.
  • Extra name tag, if you have one.

What Not to Bring

  • Aerosol cans/sprays
  • Batteries
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Clothing with strings, drawstrings
  • CD’s, DVD’s, VHS movies
  • Large amounts of cash
  • Dental floss
  • Electronics of any kind, including but not limited to computers, MP3/iPods, iPads, etc. Computer use to attend to necessary personal business, i.e. bill-paying, may be arranged while in treatment and will be conducted under supervision by staff.
  • Jewelry (only wedding band is allowed)
  • Glass objects such as cologne/perfume bottles, mirrors, picture frames, etc.
  • Guitar, guitar strings
  • Hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies
  • Hangers
  • High-heeled shoes
  • Keys/key chains
  • Lighters
  • Permanent or dry-erase markers
  • Pillows, blankets, stuffed animals
  • Safety pins, push pins, needles, tacks
  • Scissors
  • Sharp pointed nail files
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Steel-toed shoes or boots
  • Weapons, including but not limited to knives, guns, ammunition
  • White-out/ liquid paper, paperclips
  • Food / beverages from home

Secured Items

Certain items are not permitted in treatment settings, i.e. in therapy rooms or patient rooms, but may be used under direct staff supervision and must be secured by staff when not in use, such as:

  • Hairstyling equipment with electrical cord (equipment must be cleared by maintenance dept. before used by client).
  • Razors, tweezers, nail clippers – may not be shared with others for infection control reasons. If diabetic, only performed by licensed nursing staff.
  • Liquid soap / shampoo / conditioners may be used at personal hygiene time.
  • Cell phones and chargers will be secured until your discharge, so you can have it for your return trip. Please make a list of numbers you may need while in treatment prior to entering the unit.
  • The following items may be checked out and worn while on outings, then returned to secure area upon return to the unit:
    • Shoes with shoestrings / laces (may also be checked out for PT, and then secured at the completion of the activity).
    • Belts / suspenders
    • Caps / hats
    • Purses / wallets
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