Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Adolescent Inpatient Treatment Program

As the only provider of adolescent inpatient services in the Acadiana region, Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems in Lafayette offers inpatient care for adolescents, ages 12 through 17, who are struggling with a mental health condition, substance use problem, or have a dual diagnosis of a mental health condition as well as a substance use problem.

When an adolescent is admitted into Vermilion’s inpatient treatment program, he or she can expect to work with our multidisciplinary team of clinical staff members who will cater the individual’s treatment plan to his or her specific needs. Treatment plans can include group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, crisis intervention, and psychoeducation that is focused on healing and lasting recovery.

Topics covered in the therapeutic process can include:

  • Anger management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Coping skills
  • Social skills
  • Mental illness education
  • Medication education
  • Addiction education
  • Addiction counseling
  • Relapse prevention

To meet the unique needs of our adolescent and teen patients, Vermilion’s inpatient treatment clinic in Lafayette, Louisiana offers specially designed tracks for the treatment of psychiatric conditions, dual diagnosis, and chemical dependency concerns. Depending on these needs, the patient may engage in the following services:

Psychiatric Services

For those patients whose primary presenting concern is related to a mental health condition (such as with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or psychotic disorders), psychiatric services are available to provide education and awareness for the behaviors and symptoms associated with their diagnosis. Additionally, these services assist patients in identifying stressors and developing coping skills so as to improve functioning.

Dual Diagnosis Services

Patients who are struggling with substance use disorders and a co-occurring mental health condition, dual diagnosis services are available to help patients understand the interaction of drugs and alcohol and mental illnesses. Medical intervention, group therapy, and other treatment options afford patients the ability to handle co-occurring disorders.

Chemical Dependency Services

When substance use is the main concern for a patient, our chemical dependency program offers therapeutic interventions that provide tools necessary to achieve recovery and prevent relapse. The 12-step model is utilized and medically-supervised detox is available for individuals who experience physical addition due to long-term exposure to drugs or alcohol.

Family members of adolescent patients are strongly encouraged to be involved during the course of treatment. Family therapy offers the opportunity to address concerns and generate solutions to problems so that when the adolescent is discharged, there is a decreased likelihood for ongoing family discord and a need for re-hospitalization. Mental illness and medication education also afford families of adolescent patients the ability to learn more about what their loved one is going through and how to offer proactive assistance while the adolescent works towards recovery.

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