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Behavioral Health Admissions Criteria for SSM Health Behavioral Health
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Admissions Criteria for SSM Health Behavioral Health

Individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis should call 911, go to the nearest emergency room for evaluation, or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 


Outpatient Program Admission Criteria 

  • Is a voluntary admission
  • May have completed an inpatient level of care and needs continued on-going intensive services
  • Presents psychiatric symptoms of sufficient severity to bring about significant or profound impairment in day-to-day social, vocational and/or educational functioning
  • Has mood disorder, depression, ​anxiety and/or psychosis that requires intensive treatment, but not 24-hour observation and inpatient care 

​Inpatient Admission Criteria for Adults 

Patients exhibiting one or more of the following crisis situations:

  • Imminent danger to self and others due to a mental health condition
  • Being in need of intensive treatment, protection and a therapeutic environment for the safety of the patient and/or others; suicidal/homicidal
  • Exhibiting acute psychosis with aggression or manic behavior including potential of involuntary admission for the purpose of evaluation and treatment
  • Having a diagnosable psychiatric illness with acute, severe symptoms significantly impairing the ability to function and impairing activities of daily living. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
    - Hallucinations
    - Delusions
    - Flight of ideas
    - Ideas of reference
  • Risk of acute wandering or elopement arising from a mental health condition
  • Severely depressed geriatric individuals who,
    by virtue of their depression, are not eating/sleeping/functioning and are thereby at an elevated risk for deterioration
  • Acute symptoms which have been historically associated with suicide behaviors
  • Inpatient admissions are through referral from health care providers and agencies.