Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at RiverWoods Behavioral Health System to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at RiverWoods Behavioral Health System.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Atlanta’s Leading Adult Inpatient Mental Health Program

The inpatient program at Riverwoods Behavioral Health System is the acutest level of care offered and is designed to offer a safe, secure environment for recovery and development for adults 18 and older.

About Our Adult Inpatient Program

Learn more about our adult inpatient program at Riverview Behavioral Health System

The inpatient program at Riverwoods is the acutest level of care offered and is designed to offer a safe secure environment for recovery and development. The typical length of stay on our adult inpatient unit near Atlanta, Georgia is approximately 5-7 days but varies greatly depending on the individual patient’s personal needs. The inpatient unit is not intended for long-term treatment and is only used as a last option in the treatment process to offer crisis stabilization.

Our confidential assessment combined with interviews of the patient, family (if applicable), and any other integral care providers, will assist our professional staff in the collection of history and the progression of the illness. This detailed information will allow the team to formulate a specialized treatment plan that is unique for each patient. While in treatment the patient will participate in either the psychiatric, chemical dependency or dual diagnosis therapeutic track. All inpatient treatment programming will be therapy based with patients attending individual, group, and family therapy sessions daily. All therapy is conducted by licensed counselors, therapists, psychologists, and social workers and overseen by our team of board certified psychiatrists. Every patient will see their psychiatrist for an initial evaluation and determination regarding the need for medication within 24 hours of admission.

Patients will not only learn the therapeutic techniques of staying healthy but also how to monitor and administer their medication from our team of nurses and pharmacists. This two-pronged approach of therapy and medication is a proven method of treatment and will offer the patient the best opportunity for positive results. Upon discharge, social workers will help patients formulate a plan for continued treatment and make referrals to the appropriate mental health professionals in the community where they live.

Inpatient Psychiatric Program

The inpatient psychiatric program specifically treats patients dealing with a primary mental health diagnosis such as depressionschizophreniaanxiety, or bipolar disorder

Patients will receive education to gain awareness and learn about the behaviors and symptoms associated with their diagnosis. They will learn to identify and overcome the stressors that will often lead to an exacerbation of symptoms and/or the decompensation of their mental stability. Education regarding the importance of self-care, self-esteem, and how to develop a healthy support system will allow patients to find self-worth and value in their treatment process. While in our inpatient treatment program, patients will attend a variety of groups including but not limited to the following:

  • Anger Management
  • Illness Education
  • Process
  • Relationship
  • Coping Skills
  • Successful Living Skills
  • Medication Education
  • Infection Prevention
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Spirituality
  • Psycho-educational
Inpatient Chemical Dependency Program

The chemical dependency inpatient program is utilized to treat patients that have a primary diagnosis that is substance abuse or dependency related

Often times, patients involved in the treatment program for chemical dependency will require detoxification for physical addiction due to long term exposure and toxicity. Since detoxification from some drugs can be potentially fatal, our medical staff will begin treatment immediately and closely monitor the progression of the patient. If necessary, medication will be administered to make the process as painless and safe as possible. Patients involved in the chemical dependency program will be given the tools to a healthy lifestyle by learning about the disease, coping skills, and relapse prevention. Some of the groups that will be attended throughout the inpatient treatment process for chemical dependency are as follows:

  • Coping Skills
  • Illness Education
  • Infection Prevention
  • Process
  • Psycho-educational
  • Successful Living
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Relationship Skills
  • Spirituality
  • Medication Education
  • 12 – Step
Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Program

The dual diagnosis inpatient program is a combination track and is for patients with a co-occurring psychiatric and chemical dependency disorder

Patients will equally attend both mental health and addictive disease groups. They will learn how their mental stability affects their sobriety and vice versa.

Our Location

Learn more about our location

We are just South of Atlanta in Riverdale, Georgia, convenient to Interstate 75, allowing for easy access throughout the state.

Inpatient Program Example Schedule

Download an example schedule of the typical set of programming and activities that our adult patients participate in during their stay at Riverwoods

Example Treatment Schedule

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  • Beacon Health Options
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • United Healthcare
  • AND MORE...

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