ABOUT SALT LAKE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Salt Lake Behavioral Health (SLBH) is a private psychiatric hospital located less than 10 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah. It offers a medical detox program plus inpatient and outpatient care for adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health problems. It is one of only five facilities in Utah to offer hospital-based inpatient detox. The hospital also offers a specialized dual diagnosis program.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment begins with a free assessment, which is used to develop an individualized treatment plan. Treatment revolves around a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a therapy model that helps clients recognize their substance abuse cycle and progress from it.
As a psychiatric hospital, SLBH also uses evidence-based treatment methods, including motivational interviewing (MI), group therapy, and skills groups that revolved around 12-Step, relapse prevention, and relaxation techniques among others. According to the facility’s website, holistic treatment options include music therapy/expression, pet therapy, spiritual counseling, and yoga.
SLBH’s intensive outpatient programs meet three to five days per week, which includes structured group therapy and general psychiatry. In addition to substance abuse treatment, SLBH offers a dedicated residential program for servicemen on active duty who are struggling with PTSD and a specialized geriatric program for Alzheimer’s and dementia. There are two programs, one for men and women.
According to the facility’s website, staff at SLBH include two psychiatrists, an addictionologist, a nurse practitioner, and physician assistants. It is one of 64 facilities in the state certified by the Joint Commission.. To date, the four individuals polled on the matter generally appreciated the aptitude of staff,
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
SLBH is a 118-bed facility. Photos published on its website indicated a fitness room, dorm-style bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen, and nondescript decor. Out of the nearly two dozen individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date, the four individuals polled on the matter praised the facilities' cleanliness.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of 17 alumni polled by Rehabs.com, eight were positive and nine were negative. Positive alumni consistently rated its treatment effectiveness four out of five stars or higher, with comments praising the kindness of its staff. Alum E.M. wrote: “The first days can be challenging and rules might seem pointless but it all serves a therapeutic purpose.” Two alumni polled on specific metrics both gave high four and five-star ratings for the facility's counseling options, level of family participation, and the likeliness they'd recommend the facility to others.
However, the negative reviewers reported poor experiences with staff, with two criticizing the unprofessional treatment. Alum C.S. complained of poor treatment from a nurse, writing: “He told me that I was delusional ... He was so unprofessional and inappropriate.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Three of the four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave negative reviews of SLBH to date, rating its treatment effectiveness only two stars out of five stars or less. Loved ones’ comments criticized SLBH’s lack of resources, shortage of staff, and poor treatment. Loved one Kylee complained of an incident where a nurse startled her husband, writing: “My husband who is an OIF Veteran suffers from severe PTSD and has a fear of people walking behind him, amongst many other things. Frightened he turned around and yelled. The nurse laughed at him.”
However, one satisfied loved one polled on specific metrics awarded a five-star rating for the facility's ability to treat co-occurring disorders, as well as four-star ratings for the its discharge planning and family involvement. "Very good facility for mental illness treatment," they wrote.
According to the facility's website Tricare and Medicare are accepted, along with private insurance policies such as Blue Cross, Aetna, and Cigna among more. It is one of only 82 facilities in Utah that accept Medicare. Financial assistance covering up to 100 percent of the cost of treatment may be available.
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