Do you treat people with co-occurring disorders?
Yes. In fact, most of our patients have co-occurring disorders, that is, a psychiatric disorder coupled with an addiction or substance abuse issues.
What are the most common diagnoses at Menninger?
Menninger treats patients with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, but the most common diagnoses include severe depression, anxiety and mood disorders.
Do you offer electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?
Yes, Menninger offers electroconvulsive therapy
to both inpatients and outpatients. ECT is a safe and effective treatment that has been used to treat psychiatric disorders in people of all ages, from adolescents to the elderly.
What’s the admissions process?
The first step is participating in a call with an Admissions coordinator to determine if a Menninger treatment program
is appropriate. Once that is confirmed, we’ll have a detailed interview with the patient, and often their family members and/or referring clinician, to gather more details about the patient’s treatment history and current status. This information is given to the treatment team on the patient’s intended program so that they will have a basic understanding of the patient’s psychological state upon admission.
An admission date will be scheduled, and when the patient arrives, Admissions will greet him or her and complete any outstanding paperwork. The patient will then be escorted by Admissions to the program.
What should I expect at the time of admission?
All new patients are greeted by a receptionist and then by an Admissions coordinator. Once the paperwork is complete, patients meet with a nurse and a psychiatrist who will assess current symptoms.
Patients are then escorted to their program, where nursing staff will orient them to The Clinic, the program and the patient’s room.
Should I ask family members or friends to accompany me at admission?
We encourage all adult patients to bring a family member or friend with them when they admit to Menninger. We know this is a stressful time, and having a family member or friend with you will ease the stress of admission to a psychiatric hospital.
All adolescent patients
must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who should plan to stay throughout the day of admission to help complete paperwork and provide needed information to the clinical team.
Does a therapist or physician have to arrange an admission?
We do not require a referral. In fact, many patients admit themselves. All patients who admit to Menninger do so voluntarily; we do not accept involuntary admissions.
Should I make an appointment for an admission?
Although we can arrange an admission on short-term notice, we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment, which streamlines the admissions process, ensuring a better admissions experience for the patient.
Does Menninger accept insurance?
Each insurance plan’s criteria for eligibility for psychiatric or behavioral treatment is different. We encourage you to contact your insurance carrier to learn about your benefit coverage and criteria for inpatient treatment. Our Utilization Review professionals will gladly support individuals who are admitted as they attempt to collect any out-of-network reimbursement.
The Menninger Clinic is committed to providing medically necessary care, at no cost, to individuals who qualify for financial assistance according to our Financial Assistance Policy.
Does Menninger accept credit cards?
Yes. We accept Visa MasterCard, American Express and Discover. We also accept personal checks.
Do you offer any education for families of patients?
Yes, every family is invited to participate in a Family Orientation
session. These are held each week at Menninger and are led by social workers.
In addition, Menninger offers a Family Education Day
nearly every two months at The Clinic. It is open to family members of current patients, and there is no cost to participate.
Do patients have time for recreation while in treatment?
Yes. Each patient’s intensive treatment plan is customized to meet their treatment needs, but time is allotted for recreation and relaxation. Patients can use our gym and fitness center
, where they can take advantage of extensive fitness equipment, a basketball court, and exercise rooms for yoga and Pilates classes. We also have a saltwater swimming pool, meditation labyrinth, walking trails and an all-faiths chapel available to patients.
What are patient rooms like?
are spacious, comfortable rooms equipped with a queen-size bed, ample storage space, a built-in desk, upholstered reading chair and modern bathroom. Large windows admit abundant light.
Rooms are private or semi-private. In semi-private rooms, a common wall separates the bedrooms, and patients have private bathrooms.
The Menninger Clinic strives to maintain an optimal healing environment that fosters health promotion and supports the well-being of our patients and their families, as well as our faculty and staff. With this commitment in mind, on September 21, 2015, Menninger will become a smoke-free campus. Our patient-centered approach to this transition includes: tapering for current patients, an evidence-based interdisciplinary smoking cessation protocol, additional patient education and new spaces and activities for supportive self-management, socialization and exercise. Smoking cessation groups will be added to the treatment schedule. As is the practice at Menninger, smoking cessation treatment is customized to meet the individual needs of each patient.
Can Menninger help me find a therapist near my home?
If, after talking with you about your needs, an Admissions coordinator determines that a Menninger program or service is not the right fit for you, he or she will consult our national database of mental health providers and do their best to suggest one or more in your area.
Can a patient be involuntarily admitted?
No, Menninger does not accept involuntary admissions. All adult patients must admit voluntarily, while adolescent patients must be admitted by a parent or guardian.
What’s the process for checking myself out of the hospital if I should choose to leave before treatment is complete?
Because our patients are admitted voluntarily, they may request discharge at any time, even if the treatment team doesn’t yet recommend it. Adult patients, or in the case of minors their parent or guardian, must request a discharge in writing. The request is reviewed by the patient’s psychiatrist, who is responsible for determining if the patient can be discharged safely or if the patient meets legal criteria for continuing hospitalization in order to keep the individual safe.
Menninger has liberal visiting hours. Visitors can join a patient for lunch or dinner.
All visitors must sign in when they arrive at Menninger and wear badges identifying them as visitors. To help protect our patients and keep them safe, visitors’ belongings are inspected before meeting with patients.
What should I bring when admitting to a program?
Prior to admission, we will send you a brochure that includes a list of items to pack, along with items that are not allowed on campus.
What’s the average length of stay?
Every patient is unique, as are their treatment needs, which is why treatment plans are individualized to fit the patient’s symptoms and goals for treatment. Some patients make rapid progress, while others need more time in treatment.
The length of stay for our programs is generally six to eight weeks, although patients who come for stabilization on the Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Service
usually stay for two to three weeks before going on to further treatment – either in another Menninger program or at another treatment facility.
How does the cost of treatment at Menninger compare to other psychiatric treatment centers?
Most of our programs are comparable in cost to similar psychiatric treatment facilities. Our fee is all-inclusive, meaning all assessments, provider fees, meals and medications are included. The only additional expenses would be for neuropsychological testing and any other diagnostic tests that take place off-site, should they be recommended.