The Adolescent Treatment Program (ATP) social workers are responsible for developing a comprehensive discharge plan for each patient. Families are asked to collaborate in this process and identify their priorities for future treatment. If placement in a residential program is considered, an educational consultant of the family’s choice may be included in the process as an additional member of the team.
Discharge planning also includes making sure the patient has completed a Wellness Plan and, if needed, a Relapse Prevention Plan. Patients are responsible for creating these, with input from the treatment team
, and they begin working on them during the early weeks of treatment.
Patients are responsible for updating these plans as they develop new knowledge and skills throughout treatment, which gives them the chance to reflect on what they’ve learned and how they can apply those lessons after discharge. The Wellness Plan serves as an important guide for continuing recovery and is a valuable reminder of the progress achieved thus far.
Relapse Prevention Plan
Similarly, the Relapse Prevention Plan helps guide those patients with addictions or substance abuse
issues after they’ve discharged. The plan captures what the patient identifies as external and internal triggers, warning signs and newfound coping skills. It also reinforces the knowledge and skills learned during treatment to help them maintain sobriety.