What to Expect at Cumberland Hospital

Residents are treated with respect and given choices, with their inappropriate behaviors redirected. With consistent interventions, they begin to internalize positive behaviors, which then become habitual. They gradually require less external structure and should be able to live in environments with less supervision after discharge.

Cumberland Hospital uses an interdisciplinary treatment team approach. Clinical assessment and treatment is managed by a child psychiatrist, a behavioral and developmental pediatrician and, whenever needed, consultations from specialists.

The core treatment team also includes a psychotherapist, case manager, teacher and recreational specialist, as well as behavioral counselors and nurses. When appropriate, Cumberland Hospital’s speech and language pathologists and physical and occupational therapists are part of the treatment team. Residents with neurological involvement also are treated by a physician.

Hospital Program Details

When a patient begins treatment at Cumberland Hospital, their interdisciplinary treatment team establishes a treatment program that accounts for their unique physical, social and emotional needs. Because each patient’s physical, cognitive and emotional rehabilitative needs vary, our clinical team designs customized treatment plans using the many services available at Cumberland Hospital.

We utilize approaches in medical management and adaptive skill-building to help young people heal physically and develop emotionally during their treatment. Our goal is for patients and their families learn effective strategies for managing the disease in daily living so they can begin to enjoy life again.

The Rehabilitation Process

Admission Day

The day of admission is a time of information exchange between the family, child, and treatment Team. Upon your arrival to the hospital, the admissions coordinator will assist you through the admitting process. This consists of signing forms, orientation to the facility, financial counseling, and meeting with the physician, therapist, and other interdisciplinary team members.

Evaluation Process

The first seven days of hospitalization will be a period of assessment and therapeutic evaluation of your child. Therapists will schedule individual times to evaluate your child depending on what the physician feels is indicated. During this evaluation process, therapists will be developing goals for the treatment program to be followed through your child’s course of rehabilitation.

Interdisciplinary Team Meetings

The first interdisciplinary team meeting is held approximately six days following admission to develop the Master Treatment Plan. Subsequent meetings are held at least every two weeks. The purpose of interdisciplinary team meetings is to:

  • Define long and short term goals and objectives for a plan of care
  • Share information about progress
  • Discuss medical and behavioral issues
  • Make changes in the program
  • Problem solve
  • Plan discharge.

The case manager will share information regarding goals, objectives, progress and discharge planning with you on a continual basis. They will elicit your input regarding the treatment plan, answer your questions, and share your issues and concerns with the treatment team.

Discharge Planning

Discharge planning begins the day of admission to Cumberland Hospital. The case manager will ask you what your thoughts are regarding your child’s course of treatment and options for disposition. The referral source, school system, and external case manager will also be contacted to assist in making the best adjustment and continued recovery once your child returns to the community.


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