What Happens After Treatment?
Individualized Aftercare Plans
The most challenging work often begins when treatment ends. Our programming is designed with life after treatment in mind, with discharge planning beginning on day 1 with your case managers.
The step-down model of care — which includes Residential, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient — emphasizes learning, practicing and building confidence in your recovery skills in a structured, supportive environment before stepping down to a level of care with more autonomy and less supervision. Our case managers work with patients on discharge planning, staying in close contact with outpatient providers to ensure a seamless transition once treatment ends. If patients do not have outpatient providers, we serve as a conduit to that care and provide recommendations. We also give patients and families a shared discharge summary, with treatment and aftercare recommendations.
Individual, family and group therapy offer continued support and education to prepare you for the potential challenges after treatment and help you identify personal and recovery-focused goals.
Recovery-focused post-treatment planning is also vital to continued recovery. The treatment team works closely with Case Managers to develop an individualized aftercare plan that acknowledges your specific recovery needs and challenges. The sole focus of Case Managers is to facilitate a seamless return home and ensure continuity of care. Case Managers participate in daily treatment team meetings for clarification of what type of treatment patients may need at home.
Transitioning to Outpatient Care
Case Managers will provide relevant referrals to outpatient providers based on treatment recommendations. If you plan to return to your previous treatment providers after you leave our treatment center, the Case Managers will support you in making post-discharge appointments and ensure that those providers have full information regarding your treatment at Pathlight, as well as your discharge plan.
Communication After Treatment Ends
When you graduate from treatment at Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center, you are assigned an Alumni & Family Liaison. The Alumni & Family Liaison Team is a team of clinicians who is dedicated to supporting you in your mental health journey. They will send you follow up emails at one week, one month, three months, six months, and one-year post-discharge from treatment, but they are available at any point in time by email or by phone.
Your Alumni & Family Liaison is the point person if you have questions or need any support or outpatient resources. They will send you free resources like our Mental Note Podcast which is full of inspiring stories, Support Group offerings to nurture connections with others, and special events to educate and inform. Your Alumni & Family Liaison is available if you need a check in call or want to update us with how you are doing: we love hearing from our alumni!
Virtual Family & Friends Education Series
We additionally invite your families and support systems to attend our Virtual Family & Friends Series free of cost: as many times as they need to educate themselves on how to support you in your recovery. This educational series is specifically designed for support systems seeking supplementary education and resources on how to best support their loved ones with mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders. Led by our national clinicians and thought leaders, the series covers signs, symptoms and supportive strategies for various mental health conditions, in addition to topics ranging from insurance coverage to specific evidence-based treatment modalities.