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What To Bring

What to Bring and Not Bring

When you arrive on the unit for the first time, you will sit down and talk to a nurse. He or she will ask you a few questions about your past and present emotional and physical condition. Next, you will meet with a mental health technician who will check in your belongings and check you for safety. The following is a list of recommended or allowed items. We ask that you limit yourself to these items as there is limited space available.

  • Five pairs of pants or shorts
  • Five t-shirts/undershirts
  • Five regular shirts (must be fingertip length, not tight)
  • Seven pairs of underwear
  • Two sweatshirts, sweaters or hoodies
  • Three bras (no under wire)
  • Seven pairs of socks
  • One pair of slippers
  • Two pajama sets
  • Two pairs of tennis shoes
  • Two pairs of gym shorts or sweatpants
  • One bathing suit (must be kept in storage)
  • One pair of sandals or flip-flops
  • One coat, a pair of gloves and cap (for outside only)
  • Five books (approved by education coordinator)
  • One tube of toothpaste
  • One liquid soap/body wash
  • Deodorant
  • One bottle each of shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair gel
  • One bottle of lotion
  • Makeup (limited to one mascara, one eyeliner, one foundation, one eye shadow and one lip gloss). No glass items or ones that contain a mirror.
  • One favorite blanket or comforter and/or pillow
  • Three stuffed animals
  • Three games (no dice)
  • One poster (content must be appropriate)
  • Family photos
  • Hair straightener/curling iron
  • CDs
  • Batteries
  • Gum
  • Rubber Bands
  • Candy
  • Hacky sacks/rec equipment
  • Movies
  • Safety Pins
  • Q-tips
  • Paper clips
  • Money
  • Staples
  • Pens
  • Cigarettes
  • Markers
  • Lighters
  • Cassettes
  • Tobacco/products
  • Alcohol/products
  • Glass items
  • Chains
  • Draw strings
  • Drugs/OTC Medications
  • Metal sharps
  • Matches
  • Outside food/drink
  • Tennis shoes with skates
  • Electrical Appliances
  • Pencils with erasers
  • Wire hair barrettes
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Inline skates/blades
  • Jewelry/watches
  • Soda cans
  • Trading Cards
  • Video games and systems
  • Belts
  • Artificial Hair/Weaves
  • Artificial fingernails
  • Skateboards
  • Bar Soap
  • MP3 Players/iPods
  • Aerosol Sprays
  • Hats – except sock cap for outside
  • Boots/Flip Flops
  • Crotched Items/Blankets
  • Magnets
  • Para Chord
  • Orbeez Polymer Toys
  • Fidget Spinners
  • Hidden Weapons
  • Zip-it Products Plastic Bags
  • Clothing must be in good repair (no large or revealing holes) and good taste. Shorts must be at least fingertip length.
  • Sleeveless or low cut shirts/blouses are only permitted under other clothing items.
  • Clothing/items with drug, alcohol, satanic, violence, gang, or sexually inappropriate themes are not considered appropriate.
  • Skirts are not permitted.
  • As a safety precaution, belts and ties in clothing cannot be worn.
  • Do-rags (no larger than bandanas) can only be worn at night in the resident’s bedroom.
  • Pants must be buttoned and cannot sag.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Weather-appropriate clothing is expected when going outdoors, but is stored in the hygiene/storage closet at all times.
  • Sunglasses, hoods, or hats are not permitted to be worn in the facility.
  • Clothing or items prohibited by these guidelines will be stored for family members to pick up on the next visit.
  • Residents cannot borrow or lend clothing or other personal belongings.
  • For infection control purposes, flip-flops should be worn when taking a shower.
  • Personal flat irons, curling irons, and hair dryers may be used with staff supervision as approved by the unit.
  • Male residents can shave facial hair under staff supervision. Female residents will use Veet, a hair removal lotion.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away

We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but an Assessment and Referral specialist is available to schedule a no-cost assessment at 812-376-1711. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.