Tamarack follows these guidelines when evaluating a youth for admission.
- The youth must be medically stable.
- The youth either male or female, is between the ages 12 through 17.
- The youth must demonstrate sufficient cognitive ability as to understand and participate in psycho-educational treatment in a psychiatric setting.
- Child must have a full scale IQ of 80 as a minimum.
Additionally, the youth must present one of the following conditions:
- The youth requires continuous 24 hour a day psychiatric supervision.
- The youth is assessed to be an active danger to self or others.
- The youth is assessed to have impaired reality testing/ orientation which hinder ability to function in daily life.
- The youth exhibits depressive symptoms which hinder ability to function in daily life.
- The youth shows evidence of a psychiatric impairment as defined in the DSM IV which prevents the youth from functioning in a lesser restrictive level of care.
- The youth is involuntarily committed pursuant to the laws of the State of Washington.
A youth will be excluded from admission by any of the following conditions:
- The youth cannot be so physically challenged as to not be able to care for self.
- The youth presents a history or level of aggression that could compromise the safety of the milieu.
- The youth is exhibiting behaviors that are more consistent with an acute psychiatric hospital level of care.
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