Fairmount Behavioral Health System

Fairmount Behavioral Health System

ABOUT FAIRMOUNT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEM

Situated on 27 acres in Philadelphia, Pa., Fairmount Behavioral Health System is a 239-bed psychiatric and behavioral health treatment facility and the largest freestanding behavioral health hospital in southeastern Pa, according to its website. The well-regarded facility provides specialized, gender-specific inpatient programs for adults struggling with a primary psychiatric disorder, chemical dependency, or co-occurring disorders. Fairmount also offers inpatient care for children and adolescents (ages five to 17) and a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for adolescents (ages 14 to 17) struggling with psychiatric difficulties. If necessary, the facility provides medication-managed detoxification services on-site.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

All programs at Fairmount are gender-specific, and children and adolescent inpatient programs are age-specific to treat children, younger adolescents, and older adolescents separately. To determine the most appropriate program, clients undergo an initial psychosocial assessment and psychiatric evaluation upon intake that lasts one to two hours.

Fairmount provides several inpatient programs for their clientele. Psychiatric inpatient programs are tailored to the functionality of the population. Chemical dependency is treated separately from primary psychiatric care, though the facility does provide a specialized inpatient program for individuals struggling with co-occurring disorders.

The inpatient program to treat chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI) modalities. Implemented through individual and group therapy sessions, these approaches help clients to address issues of denial and rationalization while identifying irrational thinking patterns.

Clients also attend on-site 12-step meetings and educational group sessions that focus on anger management, healthy living, stress management, and relapse prevention. Along with core programming, clients also participate in activity therapy (art, music, and movement) and recreational therapy.

Inpatient care to treat primary psychiatric disorders and co-occurring difficulties also includes counseling sessions and therapeutic activities, such as art and recreational therapy. In addition, Fairmount integrates pharmacological intervention and ongoing medication management to alleviate psychiatric symptoms.

The inpatient program for adolescents and children emphasizes family therapy and support, educational classes, recreational therapy, and group therapy. A daily school program, with K-12 curricula is also available. Once an adolescent client is stabilized, they may be encouraged to utilize PHP as a “step-down” aftercare service. The short-term program typically lasts between two and three weeks.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The facility’s multidisciplinary treatment staff includes psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, master’s level clinicians, a physician assistant, and both doctoral-and masters-level intern.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

The facility consists of several separated units, including five units for adult psychiatric patients (each with different programs based on the patient’s needs); five units for children and adolescent psychiatric patients (with 32 beds designated for adolescent females only); and 67 beds for those struggling with chemical dependency. Residents live in shared bedrooms and have access to furnished communal areas.

Eight of the 12 individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep an average rating of 4.13 out of five stars. Four of the survey respondents did not rate this aspect of treatment.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The majority of the nine alumni polled to date by Best-rehabs.com provided positive feedback, with many citing the staff as its strength. Six of the nine alumni polled on the matter gave an average rating of 4.17 out of five stars for the treatment staff’s level of training and experience.

Offering a rating of four out of five stars for the facility’s counseling options, alum M.S. wrote: “Most staff were aware of my individual case and worked very hard to help.” Alum Mark gave five out of five stars for the facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders and simply wrote: “Beautiful location. Great staff. This place was great.”

However, some alumni did cite the age of the building and amount of downtime in treatment as facility weaknesses.

On Google, the facility earned 2.3 out of five stars from 67 reviewers to date.[1] Negative reviewers complained about the food and understaffing concerns. In a representative negative review, alum Debra wrote: “My time the was horrible the food was raw rats the the cafe .and the staff lack of staff.” In a representative positive review, alum Ryan wrote: “There are plenty of groups and plenty of time to talk to techs or nurses about your concerns. Each person is assigned a counselor, who you meet with Monday-Friday each day. They help you find housing for when you leave, they’ll help get your dietary needs sorted out, they’ll talk to you about personal needs and concerns.”

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

To date, the two loved ones polled by Best-rehabs.com generally approved of Fairmount Behavioral Health System.

One survey respondent offered a four-star rating for the overall quality of treatment, while the other respondent submitted four-star ratings for the counseling options and the level of family participation. “She liked the treatment for substance abuse,” the family member wrote.

WHAT STAFF SAY

At the time of this writing, the sole staff member polled by Best-rehabs.com felt the facility could improve in multiple areas, offering two out of five star ratings for the staff’s level of experience and training, discharge planning, and counseling options. “Staff need ethical and rehab training,” the anonymous staff member wrote, adding: “Patients are treated like patients not people.”

FINANCING

Fairmount accepts Medicare, Tricare, and most major private insurance providers, including Aetna, Cigna, Magellan, Value Options, and more. The facility also offers payment plans for patients based on their ability to pay and accepts Medicare and Medicaid.

[1] https://goo.gl/hMz8HJ

Reviews about Fairmount Behavioral Health System

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  • I received compassionate care at Fairmount and the treatment provided was tailored to my diagnosis of PTSD. My behaviors were understood and the response to me engaging in destructive behavior was therapeutic rather than punitive.The team also communicated with my family and worked us so that we were able to move forward together. The Doctor addressed medication changes thoughtfully and I was not over-medicated. For me the ability to use the gym was very helpful.
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  • Great program! One of those situations were it is what you put into it. I've been to several rehabs and did not stay clean, I like to blame the facilities but realize now I would do anything to pass the responsibility of my recovery in to someone else. Once I took responsibility, I began to truly recover. Fairmount's counselors and therapists truly care, and I know the therapist worked with knows his stuff. Great place!
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  • Only stayed in detox 48 hours before I left. Building is run down and grimy. Bed was like sleeping in a pile of wire coat hangers but seem to be replacing mattresses slowly as a new (very nice) one was brought in as soon as I said I was leaving. My ride was 4 hours from arriving and although sick , I had to sit in a chair to wait. Couldn't lay back down. Drs and counselors seemed nice and genuine . Nurses were nice. Male staff was somewhat aggressive. Patient population was the downside, rehab clients warning me how awful it was. How much "you're gonna hate it". Woman smoking area a bit of a walk from detox and seperate from the men who walk 4 feet from building to smoke. would be better to keep detox patients apart from rehab patients. I lost count of how many times I heard "smile girl", "smile, it's not so bad" and endless" you ok girl?" I didn't even want to leave my room. Hard to get any rest though as the staff are loudly rapping on your door to do their "checks" every half hour. Like pounding on door. My bags were not searched, I was not searched upon arrival. Admission took only 3 hours. Food was good and brought to you while in detox if you don't feel up to walking to cafeteria. Juice and snacks available on the unit. No comfortable day room. Staff seems to have a good system in place for meds, vitals etc. However, I felt lost in the mix. I didn't get showed around or informed about where meals were served. Should have stayed at Eagleville. But I left AMA there too. I guess there are no rehabs for an extreme introvert like me. I hope I find something that can help me.
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  • Understands people needs. Treats people well and meets and understands his needs
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  • Excellent staff but too lenient with behavior of clients. Most staff were aware of my individual case and worked very hard to help.
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  • Strengths: Having an A.A. or N.A. speaker meeting every night. Weaknesses: Too much downtime. Not enough groups or classes. The admittance process is extremely long. You will be sitting in intake for 6-8 hours. Also before being medicated with withdrawl, you will be detoxing 48 hours then you will be medicated.
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  • Beautiful location. Great staff. This place was great.
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  • They were caring and help to let me know I was not alone. Set up treatment according to my issues. I had kids at home and couldn't stay the whole 28 days that I needed too.I have been to a few different ones as a 302 and was treated in the mental side. This place realized my I had been trying to numb my mental issues and put me on the rehab side along with one on one with a head doctor.
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  • I would reccomend this program to somebody who did not have many resources to get into a better program. This program does help. Strengths: All day meetings and support groups, mental health treatment, staff was all professional and very helpful, nurses were great, staff takes personal time for you. Weaknesses: It was hard to make an appointment with the doctor, the living facilities were kind of run down, beds uncomfortable, chairs uncomfortable.
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  • The Allied Health/Therapy team is great. Food was good. Staff need ethical and rehab training. The bed are uncomfortable and the building needs some updating, its falling apart. Sometime there are not enough seats in the group room. Staff hold inappropriate conversations in areas where any one can hear them. They only have a gym and most of the time we had no balls, no exercise facility. Short meal times. Doctors don't spend enough time with you. Patients are treated like patients not people.
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    I was not a patient in this facility. A family member was for a few month's. She liked the treatment for substance abuse. It was very hard to get into because of space limitations.
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    Decent.