Fairview Behavioral Health Services, West Bank

Name of Hospital: Fairview Behavioral Health Services, West Bank

City, State/Province, Country: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Number of Stars: 3.5

Comment: Not the best, but also not the worst. I was a voluntary admit, and I know there was a 24 hour voluntary discharge policy if you were a voluntary admit. Beds were very uncomfortable, but I’m sure that’s common.

Activities were not very structured and often canceled. Occupational therapy was always arts and crafts but was not very helpful to me personally. I only attended one other group session which was about types of medication. Most of the other groups were either canceled, or not relevant to me. Medication was by consent on my floor, as far as I could tell, (although they did check to make sure you took it) but there was a wing of the ward downstairs in which I was pretty sure things were much less voluntary. I know they had a seclusion room down there.

Staff were fine but kind of distant and not super supportive. They didn’t seem to care very much, beyond making sure we didn’t get in trouble. Food was awful. I didn’t feel that my psychiatrist helped me and I only met my case manager on the day of my discharge. There was no talk, at least for me, about CBT, DBT or anything like that.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): Inpatient for half a week

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: I’m bi and non-binary, but I didn’t let anybody else know about that, including my chosen name, for fear of harassment.

One thought on “Fairview Behavioral Health Services, West Bank

  1. I had a similar experience at Fairview. There was so little structure and I was bored out of my mind. Staff seemed very apathetic and like they didn’t want to talk to us. Patients spent most of the day alone in their rooms or watching Tv. It felt more like a holding pen than anything. I didn’t meet with my case manager at all. I was also voluntary and ended up discharging AMA because I was so miserable there. Besides prescribing me a medication that worked better than previous ones, being here did not help me at all.


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