Pending Sheppard-Pratt Admission

I have been to Sheppard-Pratt several times in the past. However, it has been over two years since I have last been. I have always found it to be super helpful. I know there have been a lot of changes in the last two years. I am curious if anyone has been there more recently and can just generally comment on your experience.
 
I haven't but will you let me know about your experience? I would love to go, but I can't afford it.
I don't know what your insurance is like, but they do take insurance for the trauma unit. They do not for the Retreat. I have had great experiences on the trauma unit in the past. I've been several times, but this is the longest time I've gone between admissions which is great but it gives me more anxiety about what has changed. Also, if you can get your insurance to pay, there are ways of working towards financial help if insured cuts out while you're there. I was there for 5 months last admission and the bill was crazy, but they really worked with me to make it manageable.
 
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I am also on the waitlist for Shepard Pratt. It’s been 5 months but I am getting closer. It’s good to read positive things about it because I am very fearful other treatment centers have traumatized me more and I just got back from a horrible inpatient stay. I hope they are a little flexible with my admissions since Imget a monthly shot of xolair and I can not go long without it. I want to go and I don’t want to go. However I realize this will speed up the process of healing. Thanks for all of your posts.
 
I am also on the waitlist for Shepard Pratt. It’s been 5 months but I am getting closer. It’s good to read positive things about it because I am very fearful other treatment centers have traumatized me more and I just got back from a horrible inpatient stay. I hope they are a little flexible with my admissions since Imget a monthly shot of xolair and I can not go long without it. I want to go and I don’t want to go. However I realize this will speed up the process of healing. Thanks for all of your posts.
I am still about 4 months out- seems like no time change yet. But I get that they are very busy right now. I know that there is medical staff that can potentially help you with the monthly shot of Xolair if you are there for more than a month. It's something you could ask about ahead of time- what if I need this while I am there, would someone be able to give it to me? Or is there a substitute you could use if they don't. I know there are varying medical needs that are provided to patients while there. When you time does come and they give you an admission date, it is not very flexible. They will only tell you 1-3 days in advance as that may be all they know. I have been able to change the expected date by a little in order to get a flight, but not by much. The length of admission is stated to be 3 weeks when I went, but I have never stayed that short of a time though some people do. It all depends on where you are in the process, insurance/ability to pay out of pocket, and such. Honestly, it's by far the best inpatient place I have ever been. I'm not saying it's easy, but the staff has always been on the same page and speaking the same language. There are a lot of acroynms and vocabulary (BCA, BDA, Containment, etc) that can be confusing at first- but you don't need to know them all at first. I am hoping it will still be very similar to when I last went, but I get nervous every time I have gone, but I have always made progreass.
 

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I am also on the waitlist for Shepard Pratt. It’s been 5 months but I am getting closer. It’s good to read positive things about it because I am very fearful other treatment centers have traumatized me more and I just got back from a horrible inpatient stay. I hope they are a little flexible with my admissions since Imget a monthly shot of xolair and I can not go long without it. I want to go and I don’t want to go. However I realize this will speed up the process of healing. Thanks for all of your posts.
Hey there, can I ask... That's a really long time to wait. Five months! Did they have to extend your wait or did they tell you that was the wait length from the beginning? Just curious if I can expect them to extend my wait duration. Also on the list. Hope you're hanging in there.

My psychologist has a client who just came back from Sheppard Pratt. My interpretation of what she told me is that yes some stuff has changed since COVID started: The quality has declined slightly just because of COVID. Client still loved it and the top notch core clinicians are still there. The people who truly specialize in trauma day in and day out and are experts in the work are still at the core of the program. The program itself is still the same. The amount of beds has drastically shrunk, thus the long wait times. My psychologist said that for a long time there was one group of people who worked at SP as like a team and they had all been together for a long time. Since COVID, she says it's kind of broken up and that long-time team isn't the same. So, for example, instead of a nurse that is part of that long-term trauma team, some nurses might be just... nurses. You know? As opposed to that OG team that had been working together in the unit for so long.

But that client of hers just got back a few weeks ago so if anything had changed drastically, she certainly would have told me. She wanted me to go to treatment IMMEDIATELY, so if she thinks changing my plan to a 4 month wait is worth it, the program must still be great.

I know I probably said too much but when I wanted to know where to go, I wanted every little detail lol. So that's what I did!
 
Hey there, can I ask... That's a really long time to wait. Five months! Did they have to extend your wait or did they tell you that was the wait length from the beginning? Just curious if I can expect them to extend my wait duration. Also on the list. Hope you're hanging in there.

My psychologist has a client who just came back from Sheppard Pratt. My interpretation of what she told me is that yes some stuff has changed since COVID started: The quality has declined slightly just because of COVID. Client still loved it and the top notch core clinicians are still there. The people who truly specialize in trauma day in and day out and are experts in the work are still at the core of the program. The program itself is still the same. The amount of beds has drastically shrunk, thus the long wait times. My psychologist said that for a long time there was one group of people who worked at SP as like a team and they had all been together for a long time. Since COVID, she says it's kind of broken up and that long-time team isn't the same. So, for example, instead of a nurse that is part of that long-term trauma team, some nurses might be just... nurses. You know? As opposed to that OG team that had been working together in the unit for so long.

But that client of hers just got back a few weeks ago so if anything had changed drastically, she certainly would have told me. She wanted me to go to treatment IMMEDIATELY, so if she thinks changing my plan to a 4 month wait is worth it, the program must still be great.

I know I probably said too much but when I wanted to know where to go, I wanted every little detail lol. So that's what I did!
Yes, they said 4 month wait from the beginning. It's mainly because they changed the location of the unit so there are fewer beds and because of the COVID situation. I just heard from them last week. Was supposed to go tomorrow, but my son just tested positive for COVID so I have to wait until the end of the week to start my testing process again and hopefully will go next week.

When I have been previously, I worked with some of the people who started the program and shortly after my last stay, the founding psychiatrist retired. There are currently two people still working on the unit that I know- found this out through the admissions coordinator who I also know. I know that in order to work on the trauma unit you have to go through a lot of background checks and training and I doubt that has changed even though the people working there have changed and may be newer at it.

It's going to be weird to be on a different unit location and have different people to work with there, but my therapist and I still think it will be helpful. Thank you for letting me know about the client that came back recently and had positive things to say. That's what I am hoping for.

Your post was great, thanks. I always want to know as much as I can about the program whenever I have gone so this is just a but more different than usual. I've always found the help I need when I go. For most people, I think it is worth the wait. I've definitely been on a two month waiting period before and had to seek out temporary treatment at local places before that are just kind of a holding pattern so I can stay safe and other times I have been able to wait at home. (I have been a few time over the last 8 years because the program is so helpful.) Stay safe and hopeful for positive treatments. And I hope your wait period isn't too long.
 
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