Psychiatric Admission Process

Admission Process at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

Seeking care when you, or a loved one, are in need takes a lot of courage. As a premier Chicago hospital for behavioral health, Chicago Lakeshore Hospital is here to support and guide you through the recovery process. Free and confidential assessments are available 24/7/365, no appointment necessary.

Get more information on our admission process, discharge planning, and programs and services below.

What to Expect During the Admission Process

When you call or stop by our hospital for an assessment, you’ll be greeted by our professional intake team. Our team will walk you through each step of the process, including assessment and insurance verification. Our goal is to educate prospective patients and their families on the hospitalization process, address any questions and concerns, and help everyone feel as comfortable as we can.

During your assessment, expect to answer questions regarding what you are experiencing, as well as medical and psychiatric history. Based on your answers, we will determine the appropriate programs and services to help you get well. In addition, a nurse will provide a medical screening.

The assessment and intake department is set up to ensure your privacy, and all information shared is completely confidential. From start to finish, the assessment process usually takes less than one hour. If we determine that hospitalization is appropriate, the process may take longer.

Read our guidelines on packing for your hospital stay for more information on what to bring for your hospital stay.

For answers to common questions on the admission process, as well as other questions on behavioral and mental health treatment at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, visit our FAQs page.

Types of Insurance Accepted at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

We accept the following insurance types:

  • All managed care/private insurance (including HMO and PPO)
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid/SASS for Children and Adolescents

For patients who lack sufficient insurance coverage, our team will refer you to our business department where you can make other financial arrangements.

Discharge Planning

At Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, discharge planning is a critical component of an effective treatment plan. Once you have completed an inpatient program, we may recommend family and/or individual therapy, medication monitoring, self-help and support groups, a Partial Hospitalization or Intensive Outpatient program, and if applicable, assistance with safe housing. For your continued health and wellness after you leave us, we work closely with your primary care physician.

More Information on Chicago Lakeshore Hospital’s Services

We provide a number of inpatient programs for adults, as well as children and adolescents, and members of the LGBTQ community. Our innovative clinical services are designed to deliver compassionate, individualized care for each patient. We also have a variety of Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs for patients who do not need hospitalization.

If you or a loved one is suffering with depression, anxiety, drug and/or alcohol abuse, or any other serious behavioral or mental health issues, please do not wait any longer to get the care you deserve. Give us a call now at 1-800-888-0560 to schedule a free assessment, or stop by our main hospital or Children’s Pavillion for a walk-in assessment.

Assessment Overview