Director: Francis Mondimore, M.D.
The Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) is an eight-bed inpatient unit designed for rapid (2-4 day) detoxification, stabilization, and substance abuse rehabilitation of patients with drug addiction/dependence complicating other mental health problems. The unit provides detoxification from (narcotic) addiction, using buprenophine supplemented by symptom-specific treatment of withdrawal symptoms. Patients with cocaine, alcohol, and other addictions are treated as well.
The ITU admits persons with depression or other mental health problems who are dependant on illicit drugs or alcohol. Patients must not be suffering acute medical problems and should not have used drugs in the last 8-12 hours. Patients who are intoxicated or who bring drugs or drug paraphernalia to the unit will not be accepted for admission. Patients must also be willing and able to be active participants in their treatment and recovery.
The Intensive Treatment Unit is staffed by an attending psychiatrist, a resident psychiatrist, a clinical case manager, nurses, security personnel, and a patient data coordinator.
MEDICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION
Patients have complete physical and psychiatric evaluations on admission and are re-evaluated throughout their stay. Patients are seen daily by an attending psychiatrist in order to assess and begin appropriate treatment for psychiatric conditions.
Patients on the ITU attend addiction education groups throughout the course of the day, watch educational videos, attend 12-step meetings in the hospital and are given written self-assessment assignments to complete in which they assess the severity of their addiction, review the impact of addiction on their lives and start planning the next steps in their recovery from addiction.
'DETOX' IS NEVER ENOUGH
Research has shown that individuals who only complete detoxification from drugs or alcohol will start using drugs again as just as often as those who leave a program before their detoxification is complete. All patients are expected to participate to the best of their ability in finding an appropriate program to enter after their ITU admission. The ITU staff provides patients with information and advice on in-patient, outpatient and residential substance abuse rehabilitation facilities. A clinical case manager and nurses will assist patients to make contact with appropriate facilities.
ADMISSION TO THE ITU
Persons in the community seeking help can come to see our outreach nurse for confidential assessments and referrals to the ITU or other programs Monday-Friday 9am-3pm at Zion Baptist Church, located at 1700 N Caroline St. In most cases, if a bed is available and the patient meets admission criteria, the patient can be directly admitted to the ITU that same day.
Referrals are also accepted directly from the social workers in the Johns Hopkins Emergency Department from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday and from the Psychiatric Emergency Department 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Johns Hopkins clinical staff who would like to make a referral may do so Monday-Friday 8am-4pm by calling our Patient Data Coordinator at (410)614-4675 and faxing a completed ITU referral form to (410) 614-4689.
Medical units at The Johns Hopkins Hospital wishing to refer a patient to the ITU must arrange for a psychiatric consultation through General Hospital Psychiatry.
The ITU accepts persons who are uninsured and those with PAC, Medical Assistance, and Medicare. Privately insured patients should contact their insurance company before seeking admission to the ITU or call our admissions department at (410) 955-5104.
NOTE: The ITU cannot hold beds for patients or guarantee admission.
Blalock 1, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Gigi Rosenblatt MS, RN, CS Clinical Case Manager at 410-614-4677 or email@example.com