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What to Bring

What to Bring

Our goal is to provide the highest quality of treatment for our patients and to help keep them secure while they are in our care. In order to do so, we have guidelines around what patients can and cannot bring during their stay. Many of these guidelines are in response to mental health laws and regulations, and all of our guidelines seek to protect the safety of our patients.

  • Two to three days’ worth of appropriate clothing and no more than one suitcase. We offer laundry facilities on site. (See below for examples of acceptable clothing.)
  • Insurance card and at least one picture ID.
  • List of prescribed medication(s) or medication bottles. These will be locked and only dispensed by order of the treating medical doctor.
  • Name(s) and telephone number(s) of the patient’s primary care physician, psychiatrist, psychologist and/or therapist.
  • Legal documents identifying custody for children and adolescent patients whose legal guardian is not their biological parent, or for those whose biological parents are separated or divorced.
  • Be sure to get your patient code and pass that information on to family, friends and mental health professionals that you want to call or visit you. They will have to know your patient code in order to get in touch with you once you have been admitted.

We want to make sure your stay is as secure and comfortable as possible. Our dress code
is used to maintain a therapeutic atmosphere. We also ask your visitors follow the dress
code.

We Do Not Allow:

  • Tank tops or halter tops
  • Bare midriffs
  • Short shorts/skirts
  • Undershirts worn as shirts
  • Bare feet
  • Hats, caps or any other head covering
  • High heels or steel-toed shoes
  • Clothing referencing drug use, profanity, violence or disrespect for others or any sexual content
  • Cosmetics and cosmetic tools

Your pants need to cover your undergarments. Shoes or slippers must be worn outside of
patient rooms. And sleepwear should be worn at bedtime only. The staff reserves the right to
instruct patients on inappropriate dress as needed.

  • Weapons including guns, brass knuckles and martial arts paraphernalia
  • Illicit or street drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Aurora East prohibits any tobacco products. Aurora West allows cigarettes. Both hospitals prohibit any tobacco-related paraphernalia.
  • Food and beverages from outside of the hospital, including alcoholic beverages
  • Any liquid containing alcohol (regardless of percentage) except shampoo, conditioner and deodorant
  • Belts, drawstrings, suspenders, shoelaces, overalls or coveralls
  • Aerosol and non-aerosol spray cans
  • Glass including bottles, vases and drinking glasses
  • Disposable razors of any kind (staff will supply disposable razors that will be stored)
  • Mirrors of any kind
  • Sharp or edged objects including knives, scissors, knitting needles, thumb tacks, frames, nails files or clippers
  • Metal combs, including hair picks, rattail combs, etc.
  • All medications including herbal supplements, vitamins or over-the-counter medications
  • Sewing needles, safety pins and straight pins
  • Wire or plastic coat hangers
  • Any electronic entertainment device including TVs, radios, electrical appliances, handheld gaming devices, PDAs, MP3 players, computers, cell phones, etc.
  • Movies and magazines of any kind
  • Stuffed animals
  • Personal linens and/or pillows
  • Hard shoes, such as steel-toed or worker boots, and high heels
  • Hats and other types of headgear (i.e. headbands) or head covering, including hoodies
  • Hand bags or purses
  • Plastic bags
  • Personal care items with strings or sharp edges such as toothpicks, dental floss, Q-tips, tampons, etc.
  • Curling irons, flat irons or other personal care products that heat up
  • Any potential fire hazards such as candles, lighters or matches
  • Cash (money) is not allowed
  • Jewelry of any kind other than a flat, round, well-fitted wedding band
  • Luggage of any kind. If you bring a suitcase, duffel bag, etc. with your belongings to check in, we will store them in a secure location for you.
  • Toxic chemicals including bleach, Wite-Out, nail polish remover, nail polish, markers, etc.
  • Ink pens or pencils with erasers and/or metal tips
  • Spiral books, including notebooks

This list does not include all items that are contraband (prohibited). Items that our staff identifies as potentially dangerous may be included, too.

We’re Here to Help

The Pavilion Behavioral Health System’s professional staff are ready to help find the best treatment options for you or a loved one. Call 800-373-1700 for a no-cost, confidential assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.