The Intermediate Care Facility is designed for patients whose symptoms require more attention than periodic outpatient therapy, but do not require full-time hospitalization. Adults in this short-term residential program have shown an acute exacerbation of their psychiatric illness and marked impairment in their ability to function. The patient in this transitional program may have been recently discharged from the hospital. Sometimes placement in this program is a preventive measure to avert hospitalization.
The ICF provides 24-hour nursing care and a daily, structured schedule of therapy consisting of a partial hospitalization program.
Patients are housed in a secured Intermediate Care Facility at EastPointe Hospital in Daphne and the Lakefront ICF in Mobile. Therapies and activities, as prescribed by the treatment team, may include:
- Individual, group and family therapy sessions
- Visits with a psychiatrist
- Medication administration and monitoring
- Basic living skills training
- Recreational therapy
- Illness education, and
- Community placement services
Patients stay in the ICF to stabilize and begin their recovery until they are ready to advance to a less restrictive level of care such as a group home or reintegration with the family.