The Assessment and Referral team at Mesilla Valley Hospital helps people find their way to an appropriate level of mental health treatment. Our intake clinicians are sensitive to the needs of people in crisis. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to complete a level of care assessment. Our assessments may take between 45 and 90 minutes. Our clinicians will review the completed assessment with the physician on duty to help determine the best level of care for you. If inpatient hospitalization is not deemed necessary, you will be given a referral to an appropriate outpatient provider to help meet your needs. If inpatient treatment is deemed necessary, the intake clinician will review and complete admission paperwork with you.
We are not an Emergency Room, and if there are medical concerns at the time of assessment, medical clearance from a medical facility may be necessary prior to completing the assessment.
Criteria For Inpatient Hospitalization
Patients appropriate for admissions to our inpatient acute programs exhibit significant impairment in their functioning at home, work and school or within the community. This may include being a danger to themselves or others, displaying a serious impairment in judgment and/or psychotic features that place individuals at risk.
Please be sure to bring the following items to your assessment:
- ID and Insurance Cards
- Birth Certificate and Immunization Records for adolescents
- Current medications (including inhalers, glasses and contacts)
- Name and contact information for all outpatient providers (primary care doctor, outpatient therapists, school information, etc.)
- Legal documents that may impact admissions, including guardianship papers
During your hospitalization, you will need:
- Two to seven changes of appropriate clothes (no gang or drug glorification/representation, no straps, no strings, no revealing attire)
- Basic hygiene items (no items with alcohol)
- Phone list of important numbers (no cell phones allowed)
- You are also welcome to bring your own pillow and blanket; however, these will be provided for you.
- For specific lists of allowed/prohibited items, please refer to the specific program handbook.
The following items are not allowed in the hospital:
- Electrical devices (cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, laptops)
- Items that can be viewed as a weapon (i.e. nail file, tweezers – anything that would be restricted from an airplane)
- Alcohol and drugs (including paraphernalia)
- Cigarettes (smoking is only allowed on the Recovery I and II units)