The Community Assistance Program (CAPS) is the focal point of entry into services provided at Parthenon Pavilion. The CAPS program offers crisis assessment to individuals in the community as well as TriStar Centennial Medical Center ED and tower. Services are offered 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Assessments are performed by RN's or masters prepared staff to determine appropriate level of care including inpatient, IOP and outpatient referrals. The department works closely with Centennial psychiatrists and hospital staff to provide the highest quality of care.
All patients who have decision making capacity have the right to determine who is notified of admissions and what information is shared. This permission must be given in writing via the release of information form. If a patient lacks decision making capacity to give consent for release of information and the treatment team feels it is necessary to contact family/significant others or care givers, a treatment review committee (TRC) can be conducted to give permission for release of information, including the acknowledgement of the patient's admission. When/if the patient regains decision making capacity, the patient will be asked to make decisions about releasing information. (Tennessee Code Annotated 33-6-107)
Legally appoint healthcare surrogates will be allowed to make treatment decisions, sign consents for treatment and release of information for patients who lack decision making capacity. Examples of surrogates include:
- Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
- Advance Care Plan
- Health Care Agents
- Appointment of a Surrogate
- Mental Health Advance Directive
Advance Directive forms and information may be found on the state Tennessee web site.
Items needed for hospitalization
Patients are encouraged to bring 3 changes of clothing. For safety reasons, belts, ties, scarves and strings will be removed from clothing and stored in the personal items room. If unable to remove strings, the items will be kept in the personal items room. Safety closures will be provided for shoes when strings are removed.
If possible, money, checkbooks, ID cards credit cards, insurance cards, medications and tobacco products should be sent home with family members. If this is not possible, these items will be locked cataloged and locked in a secure area.
For infection control purposes, personal blankets, pillows or stuffed animals will be kept in the personal items room and returned to you on discharge, if they cannot be sent home with family members.
Sharp items such as razors, metal nail files, nail clippers and tweezers will be stored in locked area, but can be checked out at designated time periods throughout the day.
You can be admitted on an emergency basis if two qualified professionals certify your behavior is presenting an immediate threat of serious harm to yourself or to others because of a mental illness.
At the time you are admitted, a judge in General Sessions Court must approve your admission, usually by review of faxed certificate of need, based on information provided about your condition by the two professionals.
An emergency admission is an involuntary admission, so you may not leave the hospital without approval of your attending physician.
Questions about involuntary admission...
Have questions? Please call our Community Access Program at (615) 342-1450.