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Adults: Acute Psychiatric Level of Care
Criteria for Admission


For Admission to Spring Harbor Hospital, at least one of the following severity of illness elements must be met (medical necessity) and the patient cannot be safely managed at a less intensive level of care:

  1. The patient has attempted to seriously harm self within 72 hours prior to the admission.
  2. The patient has attempted to harm others and/or property within 72 hours prior to admission and this behavior is judged attributable to mental illness.
  3. The patient is considered at significant and imminent risk to seriously harm self.
  4. The patient is considered at significant and imminent risk to seriously harm another person and/or property as a result of a serious mental illness.
  5. A deterioration in the patient's level of functioning has occurred, resulting in an inability to adequately care for physical needs and representing the potential for imminent serious harm to self.
  6. There is an active psychiatric disorder interfering with the diagnosis and/or treatment of a serious medical condition and it is not responsive to a less intensive level of care.
  7. Diagnostic assessment and/or treatment has been unsuccessful at a less intensive level of care with persistence or worsening of symptoms that significantly interfere with the patient's functioning.
  8. The patient's condition is complicated by the need to provide for initiation of psychotropic medication.

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