Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Frequently Asked Questions About Sharp Grossmont Hospital's Mental Health Services
We're here to help answer any questions you may have about Sharp Grossmont Hospital's mental health programs and services.
- Our chemical dependency programs
- Our mental health treatment programs
- Our older adult programs
- Our intensive outpatient programs
Our chemical dependency programs.
I think I may have a chemical dependency problem. Do you have a program that can help?
Sharp Grossmont's dual recovery program is designed to help adults navigate the unique challenge of overcoming mental health conditions along with alcohol and drug dependency. This program uses a three-pronged approach consisting of medication management, a positive and compassionate group therapy process, and skill development for symptom management and relapse prevention. It includes both individual and group therapy sessions, and we will tailor a customized treatment plan for your specific needs.
Is the dual recovery program based on the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs?
Our dual recovery program is a science-based program that focuses on strategies and coping skills for abstaining from addictive substances or behaviors. We use medication-assisted treatment, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, and a harm-reduction approach to treatment. We support and encourage patients to utilize community-based self-help programs such as SMART Recovery or 12-step programs when they are a helpful part of the person's overall recovery plan.
Our mental health treatment programs.
My loved one is bipolar but is refusing to get help. What can I do?
We understand your concern and are here to help. Our cognitive behavioral therapy program is designed to treat bipolar adults suffering from symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Our program offers a supportive therapeutic setting for patients experiencing significant disruption in daily living and takes a group-oriented, cognitive behavioral approach to care. Our outpatient programs are voluntary, but one of our intake specialists will work with you and your loved one to assess the need for either outpatient or inpatient psychiatric care. To speak with an intake specialist, please call 619-740-5811.
My loved one has schizophrenia and is not taking the prescribed medication. Do you have any programs that can help?
Sharp Grossmont specializes in the treatment of schizophrenia and we offer both inpatient and outpatient programs depending on the level of treatment needed. Each program starts with a complete psychiatric assessment, followed by prescribing appropriate medications and scheduling group psychotherapy. Our programs are designed to help our patients recover from their unique challenges so they can get back to living balanced, productive lives.
What if my family member has a mental illness and I need support?
At Sharp Grossmont, we understand that facing mental illness in a loved one can be confusing and challenging. Our family and friends support group provides support, education and resources to help people with loved ones enrolled in our inpatient and outpatient programs.
For those whose loved ones are not enrolled in inpatient or outpatient treatment at Sharp Grossmont, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers resources and support groups.
Our older adult programs.
I can no longer manage my elderly parent. Do you have any programs that deal with the special behavioral needs of the elderly?
Firstly, it's important to speak with your parent's primary care physician about the concerns you are struggling with. Once the level of behavioral issues has been determined, your parent's doctor can refer you to Sharp Grossmont's older adult treatment program. Our specialized program offers a full range of senior behavioral health services from inpatient partial hospitalization to intensive outpatient services. All services are provided under a psychiatrist's direction who works in collaboration with your parent's primary care physician.
Our intensive outpatient programs.
What if I can't attend all three days in a week?
Each participant has an individualized treatment plan so it is possible to attend fewer sessions weekly.
Is transportation available? I don't have a ride and am unable to drive.
Sharp transportation services is available for pick up and drop off in select areas.
How long will I be in this program?
The length of your program depends on your need for this level of care and could possibly be determined by your insurance.
How can my family get involved? They are concerned and want more information.
We have individual family meetings available as needed and offer a family and friends support group every Wednesday at 5 pm.
Do you do drug testing?
We do monthly and random drug testing.
Will I get to see a psychiatrist for medication?
You will see an admitting psychiatrist monthly who will make a determination about medication.
Do you serve meals with the program?
There is a snack for the morning programs as well as lunch for both the morning and afternoon programs.
How will I know if my insurance covers this program? How can I find out if there is a copay?
Our staff will contact your insurance to find out about your coverage for our intensive outpatient programs. You can also contact your insurance directly by calling the 800 number on the back of your insurance card or checking their website.
How big are the groups? I don't like crowds.
Typically, a group averages 8 to 10 people. Our meeting rooms have windows and tall ceilings.
What if I do not have the right insurance to attend your intensive outpatient program?
- In San Diego County, you may call 211 or go online for a referral.
- Call the San Diego Access and Crisis Line at 888-724-7240 or visit their website for Medi-Cal referrals for mental health.
- San Diego County Behavioral Health Network of Care offers mental health and substance abuse resources.
For more information about the services we offer, please explore our full range of mental health programs.
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