Geropsychiatry/Mental Health Services
Steps of the Admission Process
Call Intake: (248) 471-8723
- You will be asked to provide demographic and clinical information over the phone.
- The case will then be reviewed with a psychiatrist.
- Within a short period of time, staff will call you back with a disposition.
- Intake staff will assist you with paperwork needed for a voluntary or involuntary admission.
- Your patient can be admitted directly to the unit or through the Botsford Emergency Department if medical clearance is needed.
- Persons age 55 years and older
- Medically stable
- Display one or more of the following:
- Homicidal/suicidal ideations, attempts or gestures
- Manic behavior.
- Self-mutative behavior; danger to self
- Disorientation/memory impairment severe enough to endanger self or others.
- Depression severe enough to cause disordered/bizarre behaviors
- Psychomotor retardation resulting in significant interference in activities of daily living
- Somatic preoccupation (severe)
- Suspiciousness or ideas of reference
- Significant social withdrawal
Important Information for Involuntary Mental Health Hospitalization
Individuals whose judgment is impaired, and who are unable to understand the need for treatment, are admitted on an Involuntary basis.
Only patients who understand the need for treatment and who are willing to be hospitalized can sign themselves in as Voluntary patients. A court appointed guardian could also sign in the patient if the ward is not opposed to treatment.
Process for Involuntary Admission
- Prior to the admission, two documents are needed:
- A petition for hospitalization completed by a person who has observed the problem behavior.
- A clinical certificate completed by a physician or a licensed psychologist.
- After admission, a psychiatrist will examine the patient within 24 hours and complete a second clinical certificate.
- The hospital will file this paperwork with the Probate Court and an attorney will be assigned to represent the patient.
- A Deferral Conference will be scheduled by the assigned attorney, which will be held on the unit and attended by the attorney, the patient and the hospital social worker.
- Depending on the outcome of the conference, the patient may have to appear in court. In this case, transportation and staff are provided by the hospital.
- Finally, it is the presiding judge who makes the decision for or against continuation of treatment in the hospital.
Inquiry and Intake Line: (248) 471-8723