At Perimeter of New Orleans, the physical and emotional security of our patients comes first. Through an intensive therapeutic structure, we provide medical and psychiatric stabilization and 24-hour nursing care for patients experiencing critical symptoms. Our programs provide comprehensive, individualized care for the full range of psychiatric disorders including:
In our inpatient acute program, a comprehensive treatment approach is employed to stabilize acute psychiatric and addictive disease issues in adults of all ages. Our multidisciplinary treatment team of physicians, nurses, activities therapists and social workers/case managers collaborate to create a safe and structured environment that offers compassion and hope to patients in crisis.
For patients who are also experiencing a co-occurring addiction or substance abuse disorder, we provide dual-diagnosis substance abuse treatment. Our approach is it provide patients with new tools and coping mechanisms to maintain sobriety long-term.
Dual Diagnosis treatment is for co-occurring disorders, or a mental health disorder and substance use disorder at the same time. A mental health issue can often be the root cause of an addiction, and treatment programs that do not address both needs can often fall short of getting a patient the help they need.
Some benefits of dual diagnosis include:
The ultimate goal of treatment is to stabilize the immediate crisis and to enable the patient to return to their community with tools and skills for personal and emotional development, relationship building and independence. An individualized treatment plan is initiated with a special emphasis placed on medication management, group and family therapy, education, and relapse prevention.
Discharge planning begins upon admission and through the duration of a patient’s treatment. Through evaluation and needs assessment, we establish and individualized discharge plan for each patient. We identify gaps in service, support they will need once they leave our facility such as medication and support groups. Once we establish a plan and set up appropriate appointments, we work in tandem with our patients to ensure they will follow up with the steps needed for them to live a happy and contented life.
With discharge planning, safety is our number one concern. We work with the patients to establish a crisis safety plan and a support network for them. We work with the patients loved ones on how to communicate with the patient and in time of crisis or how to support them once they discharge. Our goal is to open a healthy line of communication and healthy boundaries, insight into each individuals’ symptoms, behaviors, and emotions when they may be decompensating or need help/intervention and cannot ask for it.
As well as the Crisis Safety plan, we also educate patients and families on the Columbia Scale which is a suicide risk assessment. The combination of these two will help understand the warning signs and recognize between not doing well and just having a bad day. We want to ensure our patients are set up for continued growth and success.
The Comprehensive Outpatient Program for Adults at Perimeter of New Orleans offers intensive therapeutic assistance for individuals who need support as they strive to achieve a satisfying and productive life at home, in the workplace, and the community. The program can act as a “step down” for individuals who have completed an inpatient program but can also serve as an alternative to more traditional outpatient programming for adults who need more intensive treatment and care. The program also offers support for adults who might be struggling with a co-occurring substance use disorder.