Upon Admission

Below is a brief list of what will be needed upon admission. After a child/adolescent has been accepted for admission, a comprehensive handbook will be sent to the parent/guardian.
During the admissions process, parents/guardians will also be asked to provide consent for treatment, sign releases of information so that the treatment team can communicate with the patient’s outpatient treatment providers and will meet with several members of the patient’s treatment team. Other members of the treatment team may be making contacts in the week following admission in the event that they cannot meet with parents/guardians on admission day.

A 7-day supply of clothing is recommended. Each unit is equipped with washers and dryers and laundry is done frequently. Please label all clothes with the patient’s initials with a permanent laundry marker.

It is recommended that you provide the following:

  • Jeans or trousers -Pajamas/bathrobe (with no strings or ties)
  • Shirts/blouses – Hair brush and/or comb
  • T-shirts/shorts for warm weather -7 pairs of socks and 7 sets of underwear
  • Tennis shoes/sneakers (without strings) -Bathing suit (in summer, modest cut)
  • Light jacket or sweater
  • Heavy jacket, cap, and gloves in winter

Please do not bring any heavy boots such as work, combat or cowboy boots. No belts or shoe strings are allowed. Slip-on shoes, bungee (elastic) laces or Velcro straps are allowed.


Patients may bring with them several items of significance [i.e., a toy, small blanket, stuffed animals, inexpensive (less than $25) CD player or MP3 player (without video/camera capability) etc.], however please understand that in a group setting with other children, items can be broken or destroyed. Expensive items or items of sentimental value need to be left at home.

Laurel Heights does not permit toy guns or other toy weapons, any video or other games with violent, criminal or adult themes. Music must not have explicit, violent or suggestive lyrics.
Radios/CD players, hair dryers, electric razors and all other small appliances must be inspected by the maintenance department prior to use in order to ensure safety and have to be stored in a locked closet when not in use. Small appliances must also have a $25 or less value.