Wyoming Behavioral Institute Philosophy
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Areas of Specialization
Family Program , Individualized Treatment
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ABOUT WYOMING BEHAVIORAL INSTITUTE
Wyoming Behavioral Institute is a private acute-care psychiatric hospital that provides treatment for children, adolescents, and adults seeking treatment for substance abuse, co-occurring, and other behavioral health concerns. Substance abuse treatment options include detox, residential, and outpatient treatment.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at Wyoming Behavioral Institute begins with an assessment with an intake specialist. Specialists are available 24/7 to coordinate the admissions process. Clients in need of stabilization are referred to the detox unit or the crisis unit. An individualized treatment plan is created, and clients begin the treatment process.
The length of treatment varies from case to case but is generally between seven and 10 days for adult inpatients. Treatment methods include individual, group, and family therapy, 12-step support groups, aftercare planning, expressive therapy, medication education and management.
The treatment plan focuses on attainable goals established with the input of the client's family and referring professionals, if appropriate. Active family involvement in treatment is considered a critical component of the client’s recovery. Family members are invited to participate in family counseling and educational sessions.
Aside from clinical treatments, clients also participate in educational courses. Clients focus on identifying problem behaviors and the skills needed to prevent them. Sober living and coping skills are a major focus in these courses. Clients’ families also participate in these courses to rebuild family ties and to create a support network.
Longer-term residential care is available for adolescents only, at the Pathways residential program, a therapeutic community that offers treatment for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders. The program offers treatment for a wide range of conditions including behavioral problems caused by mistreatment, neglect, and loss. Younger clients can enroll in a similar program called Pathfinders which is for children under 12 years old.
The treatment team at Wyoming Behavioral Institute includes numerous psychiatrists, nurses, licensed professional counselors, and licensed clinical social workers, plus a chaplain. The two individuals polled on the staff’s level of training and experience at the time of this writing gave it two and four stars out of five.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Wyoming Behavioral Institute is a 85-bed facility. The facility is mostly clinical with some areas modified to be more homelike. Clients live in shared bedrooms with few amenities. There’s a school on-site for elementary, junior high, and high school students. The facility maintains a locked doors policy in order to keep residents and clients in, while keeping others out of restricted areas for children and at-risk clients. The outside of the facility is well maintained with sitting areas surrounded by various small plants and trees.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The single alum review submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing was very negative. “If you value your life do not go here!! ... unclean, and terrifying!! STAY AWAY FROM HERE,” alum J.L. wrote. The alum gave one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, accommodations and amenities, and meals and nutrition.
On Google, the Wyoming Behavioral Institute earned an average rating of two out of five stars from 35 reviews to date.  Many of the reviews were extremely negative and cited instances of poor medication management, where clients were given too high of dosages. In a representative review, alum Christina wrote: “Inaccurate medication knowledge. Medication prescribed may have interaction problems, but they will tell you they don't.”
On YellowPages.com, the facility received a 1.5 out of five star rating from 11 reviews.  Alumni noted how there weren’t enough staff members and how medications were poorly managed. Alum Rachel wrote: “were given out but the patients were forced to take them. They over-medicated my roommate and never checked on her.” On Yelp, reviewers left similar comments regarding poor treatment conditions and the facility received 11 one out of five star reviews. 
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave mixed feedback. Though two of the loved ones who completed a survey gave the facility four out of five stars for the overall quality of its treatment and its family program, one said they would recommend treatment at Wyoming Behavioral Institute while the other would not.
The third loved one gave an extremely negative review, with one out of five stars given for treatment effectiveness. Loved one D.J.Z. criticized staff communication and the lack of aftercare planning. They wrote: “ My family member was discharged, the facility forgot to return the medications that were brought and also did not give the medications that were newly prescribed. I called twice...the cell number that I am supposed to use because it was given to me but no return call regarding medications. No explanations to the family...what was done, why was it done, what is the outcome to be, what should we expect, how do we continue to handle the situation, what meds were changed, how can we obtain long-term favorable results, how can we help support our family member as a family? No discussion along these lines...just here are his appointments”
Wyoming Behavioral Institute accepts Medicaid and most other forms of insurance.
Published on February 2018
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