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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Adult Inpatient Treatment Program

For adults, ages 18 and older, Vermilion’s psychiatric clinic in Lafayette, Louisiana offers an inpatient treatment program for those suffering from psychiatric concerns, dual diagnoses, and chemical dependency issues.

During Vermilion’s admission process, patient’s needs are gauged and a number of assessments and evaluations may be conducted to determine the severity of the presenting concerns. The following assessments and evaluations may occur:

  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Multidisciplinary assessments
  • Physical health evaluation
  • Medical lab evaluations
  • Psychological testing

If these assessments and evaluations conclude that inpatient care is appropriate, an individual will receive individualized treatment planning focusing on stabilization and recovery. Patient’s needs, issues, and primary concerns are factored in the plan for treatment as each patient partakes in therapy that can include:

  • Development and use of coping skills
  • Mental illness education
  • Medication education
  • Stress management
  • Addiction education and counseling
  • Relapse prevention

These topics are covered in group, individual, and family therapy sessions and are catered to the patient’s functioning level.

Vermilion’s inpatient treatment program operates two units for adults with specialized tracks for care in each. These tracks include psychiatric, chemical dependency, and dual diagnosis services.

Psychiatric Services

For those patients whose primary presenting concern is related to a mental health condition (such as 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, groups 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, chemical dependency services offer 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.

Our East Wing is for patients requiring acute care for psychiatric concerns and substance abuse problems. Those appropriate for this unit are lower-functioning adults and geriatric patients. Our West Wing houses our higher-functioning adult and geriatric patients who are struggling with mental health conditions and addiction.

Staff working on these units are experienced in working with individuals struggling with mental health and substance use concerns and monitor patients so as to ensure safety and success in the recovery process.

Furthermore, our adult inpatient program encourages family involvement as ongoing support is beneficial in the therapeutic process. By educating family members on psychiatric conditions and chemical dependency problems, addressing issues that affect the family at large, identifying solutions, and discussing medication management, patients have an increased chance of successful recovery even after leaving Vermilion’s treatment clinic in Lafayette.

Lastly, and as part of each patient’s individual treatment plan, aftercare recommendations are developed as the individual goes through our treatment program. This is done so that each patient’s ongoing mental health and substance abuse needs are met even after discharge.

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