They have excellent security, as even staff where personal alarms that resemble a watch on their wrist. Yes the grounds are beautiful, but we are speaking about vulnerable mental health patients that must comply with treatment and demonstrate they are improving not deteriorating. Nothing is worse than a mentally ill patient running away against the mental health act and finding them dead downtown. The time to assess the steps outside is lengthy as you are assessing people who in the most part do not comply with medication, are at risk, suicidal and the basic time frame for meds to work is 4 to 6 weeks to build a therapeutic level, and if that medication doesn't work they are on to the next. The outdoors are used immensely as they are on 55 acres. But you can not allow an unstable person out there without knowing that they r an elopement risk that could have fatal consequences. They have a world renowned therapist and green room and several things to do before entering outside prematurely. Unfortunately, this treatment is much longer than the broken finger or medical issue. Safety is paramount and should always be recognised.
People working together. What is best for patients. Saftey
The facility is very well run- I would try to encourage more outdoor time as the grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The fresh air may benefit individuals and be considered a form of therapy.