Getting treatment at an inpatient psychiatric hospital is a big step toward recovery \u2014 but it may seem intimidating at first.\n\u201cA lot of people may feel scared when they come in. But this is really about getting you better,\u201d said Trisha Rimpa, unit director at UPMC Northwest Behavioral Health.\nRead more about what you can expect during an inpatient psychiatric stay.\nWhat Is an Inpatient Psychiatric Facility?\nInpatient mental health centers provide thorough treatment in a residential setting.\nThe center will have everything you need \u2014 including space for:\n\nSleeping\nBathing\nRecreation\nTreatment\nDining\n\nDuring your stay, you will receive round-the-clock care.\nYou’ll meet daily with care providers, nurses, and counselors in both one-on-one and group settings. And, you can receive medical attention at any time if you need it.\nRELATED: Different Types of Mental Illness\nThe Care Team at Your Inpatient Psychiatric Facility\nYour care team will take time to assess you and design a personalized treatment plan.\nMembers of the care team at your center includes, among others:\n\n\n\nMilieu therapists\nSocial workers\nRegistered nurses\nPsychiatrists\nPeer specialists\nPatient care workers\n\n\n\nCall UPMC Northwest Behavioral Health at 814-676-7700 to learn more. If you need help right now, please go to your nearest emergency room.\nHow Long Will I Stay in a Psychiatric Hospital?\nThe length of your stay depends on your needs.\nYour treatment may last a few days or a few weeks, based on your doctor\u2019s recommendation.\nWhat Can I Bring with Me to Inpatient Psychiatric Care?\nPack light.\nRimpa said inpatient mental health centers provide patients with just about everything they need for their stay, including:\n\nToiletries\nBlankets\nLinens\nOther everyday items you need to feel comfortable\n\nItems you can bring to rehab:\n\nComfy clothes without drawstrings\nShoes without laces\nBooks\nInsurance info\nA list of the medicines you take\n\nThe staff at your center can provide you with a full list of allowed items. Items you should leave at home:\n\nCigarettes, lighters, and controlled substances\nCell phones and electronics\nOutside food and drink\nJewelry that is sharp\nCords, keys, belts, and wallets\nAnything made of glass\n\nWhat\u2019s Day-to-Day Life Like in an Inpatient Mental Health Center?\nInpatient psychiatric centers have specific and structured daily schedules, designed to help patients recover.Your schedule will include:\n\nGroup therapy\nMeals\nTreatment\nSleep hygiene\n\nOther things to expect during your stay:\n\nYou\u2019ll attend group and one-on-one care sessions each day. In between treatment and other activities, you must keep your own space tidy.\nYou\u2019ll have down time \u2014 games, puzzles, and supervised outdoor space are all part of your care.\nIf, for any reason, you need medical treatment during your stay, your care team will see that you have access.\nSafety is crucial for you and your care team. You need to follow the center’s safety rules.\n\nCan I have visitors at rehab?\nDuring your inpatient psychiatric stay, you can have visitors and make phone calls in a supervised area. All visitors go through a security check to make sure they don’t bring prohibited items into the center. Most mental health centers limit visitor and phone call hours to allow more time for treatment. Staff can help you arrange other visiting hours, if needed.\nYour Road to Recovery: Inpatient Psychiatric Care\nMany patients find that inpatient psychiatric care:\n\nAllows them to rest in a way they weren’t able to at home.\nTeaches them new coping skills.\nHelps them get better.