Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

Name of Facility: Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital

Location of Facility (City, State/Province, Country): Marysville, WA, USA

Number of Stars: 4.5

Description of Experience: So I thought I’d do a review for Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital(SPBH) as its brand new and there are no reviews available. I have been to Fairfax Kirkland, Overlake Hospital, and Skagit Hospital in the psych wards of each hospital. Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital by far has the best psych ward. I ended up at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital within 2 weeks after it opened.

I had serious reservations about going somewhere brand new as there was no information out there for if Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital was a good psych ward or not. I came in for hearing voices unsure if it was just OCD or if it was psychosis. I came in under a referral from my psychiatrist so I had to do a assessment that lasted about 2 hours. After doing the assessment I had to wait in this room for about 30 minutes while they discussed what would be the best treatment option for me. After waiting 30 minutes they confirmed that I would be admitted to the psych ward. After that I went up stairs to the psych ward.

SPBH will eventually have 6 psych ward units but at the time when I was admitted only one was open. I’m unsure if more have opened by now but as of August 16, 2017 only one unit was open. Once I got up stairs I saw the unit it was a typical psych ward unit I believe the unit is called 2 East. The unit was nicer than Overlake and Skagit (which Skagit looked like a prison) but not as nice as the new part of Fairfax (West 2) but nicer than the old part of Fairfax (Central, North, South, East).

The unit has a milieu and a group room as well as bed rooms. Once you get on the unit they do a strip search to make sure you have no weapons or anything else to hide which is really uncomfortable but all psych ward do it and then a nurse does her own assessment. Once that is all done they show you to your room the rooms are typical psych ward rooms with an uncomfortable bed but that is to be expected in a psych ward. In my opinion what makes or breaks a psych ward is the staff and I have to say the staff at SPBH are exceptionally awesome. Shout out to some of the staff includes the Mental Health Techs, as well as the nurses, the therapist, and the discharge planner.

SPBH is big on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I personally prefer Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and they do occasionally have a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group. Recreational Therapy in my opinion was hit or miss. Some of the activities were fun such as volley ball, making food and art but most of the time the groups were reading about activities and honestly the group was very boring. After talking to other patients the general consensus was nobody really loved Recreational Therapy. The doctors  were both really exceptional. One was honestly better than my psychiatrist at home. I connected with the other as well as he used to work at the Eating Recovery Center and I’m recovering from an eating disorder so it was nice to have someone who understood eating disorders working at SPBH.

The food for the most part was really good at SPBH though some cooks were better than others. My biggest concern for Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital would be as the hospital begins to open more units the quality of the hospital would begin to go down. Right now the hospital full and undivided attention is on 2 East as that’s the only unit open but that won’t last forever.

My general consensus of Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is that it is the best behavioral hospital around and I would recommend it to anyone who is in need of care that only a psych hospital can offer.

Type of Program (inpatient, outpatient, residential, etc.): Inpatient

Year(s) Your Experience(s) Occurred (i.e. 2015): June 2017-August 2017

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