Our hospital provides assessments when a potential patient is referred by another facility (i.e., hospital, emergency room, nursing home, assisted living, etc.). The assessment is at no cost and will determine whether the individual meets the medically necessary criteria for an inpatient level of care.
Medicare will typically cover stays that fall within our admission criteria. We can also admit patients who are covered through other health insurance companies. Please feel free to contact our admissions office for further information regarding payment and benefits at (505) 243-3387.
Central Desert Behavioral Health Hospital is a short-term acute care behavioral health hospital, with an average length of stay ranging from 7-10 days. The length of stay is dependent on the individual patient’s needs, and can be longer or shorter than this time period.
The nurse to patient ratio will depend on the individual needs of the patient, however, we strive to offer the best care possible and we will assess each patient to offer them the best possible outcome.
Although we do not allow outside providers to practice at our hospital, we will do our best to accommodate the needs of our patients and coordinate care with existing providers. Our discharge planners will be happy to arrange appointments with your preferred provider when you are discharged from our care.
We recommend bringing at least three changes of clothes and one pair of casual shoes (without laces), and toiletries. Belts and pants with drawstrings are not permitted, and a complete list of items that are not allowed is available at the hospital. Please leave all money, valuables and jewelry as well as personal pillows and blankets, etc., at home or with someone you trust. For safety reasons, we will search your personal belongings for items that are not allowed in the hospital prior to your entry into the unit.
The following is a list of items that are not permitted on the Unit at any time. The list applies to both patients and visitors. The list below is not all inclusive and the Hospital reserves the right to restrict any items as it may deem necessary. Visitors will be subject to metal detection upon entry and asked to empty their pockets and leave their belongings in secure lockers at the front entrance or return items to their vehicle due to limited storage space. No other storage options are available. The Hospital is not responsible for personal items in lockers or vehicles.
Medication of any type including herbal and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements
Belts and suspenders
Clothing with drawstrings or bib overalls
Bandana / scarves
Panty hose or knee-high nylons
Pointed-toed footwear or steel-toed footwear
Clothing that may be gang related, depict drugs, alcohol, or sex
Pornography or sexually explicit materials
Cell phones/pages/video equipment/tape recorders
Headphones or Air pods
Cords of any kind/ropes
Glass or mirrors
Bleach or products of hair coloring
Incense/sage burning materials/candles/potpourri
Weapons of any kind
Rat tail combs
Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobaccos, dip & snuff, e-cigarettes, etc.
Central Desert Behavioral Health Hospital is a non-smoking/non-tobacco product hospital. No tobacco products are allowed in our facility. Your physician may prescribe a nicotine replacement product if it is needed.