What To Bring/What Not To Bring

At the time of admission to your mental health treatment, please bring:

  • Between 3-7 changes of clean clothing.
  • Clothes must be appropriate, neat and clean. No rips, holes, cut-offs or tight clothing.
  • Straps on blouses must be 3 fingers wide.
  • Pants and shorts only (not too short or tight) without belts or drawstrings. No skirts or dresses due to physical activities.
  • Suitable underwear, no thongs.
  • 1 set of pajamas (no drawstrings).
  • 3 bras (no underwire, sports bras recommended).
  • 1 pair of gym shoes with no laces (Velcro shoes recommended)
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • Eye glasses if needed (no contacts)
  • Retainers can be brought if necessary, although we recommend leaving at home for safe keeping)
  • Personal medications, such as inhalers

The following items will need to be approved by the unit nurse:

  • Special lotions or chapstick
  • Stuffed animals
  • Paperback books
  • Photos

Families should bring all information about medications, any legal issues, medical issues and previous treatment to the Admissions assessment. University Behavioral Center will provide and administer medication for patients as prescribed by the doctor and with legal guardian consent.

We will provide the following:

  • Towels
  • Sheets, pillows and blankets
  • Laundry services, including detergent
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Towels
  • Basic hygiene items, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, shampoos, soaps and deodorant
  • Magic markers, paper, and pencils
  • Meals and snacks

What Not to Bring (Items Not Allowed on Unit)
To keep our unit safe, we have strict rules on personal items. Contraband items are not allowed and will be returned to parents/guardians or disposed of according to hospital policy.

  • Belts
  • Clothes with drawstrings (they will be cut out)
  • Hats
  • Metal or other types of clothes hangers
  • High Heels
  • Jewelry (including watches, earrings, and or piercings)
  • Cell phones
  • Electronics (such iPods, iPads, cameras, gaming systems, radios, etc.)
  • Makeup (not to be worn)
  • Underwire bras (bras with underwires will have the underwire removed)
  • Money
  • Glass containers
  • Items containing alcohol as one of the first three ingredients
  • Sharp objects such as shaving razors, needles, hooks, pins, paperclips, thumbtacks
  • Clothing advertising or promoting alcohol, drugs (including nicotine), sex, violent music groups or performers, or clothing deemed inappropriate by staff
  • Bandanas or clothes that could be perceived as gang-affiliated
  • Food and chewing gum
  • Mirrors, including those in compacts
  • Curling irons, hair dryers, straighteners
  • Tobacco, alcohol and illegal substances as well as any associated paraphernalia, including lighters
  • Glue, white out, spray cans
  • Spiral notebooks, 3-ring binders or books with stapled binding
  • Any other items determined by staff as not therapeutic

If you have a question about the appropriateness of an item, please feel free to contact us. All items will be inventoried upon arrival. Please confirm all items are returned to you at the time of discharge.

For our patients’ safety, youth will be searched at the time of admission and each time they return to a unit from visitation or day passes. Staff members will also complete a “wand” search for sharp objects. If illegal contraband and/or weapons are recovered, the item will be confiscated and the authorities will be notified.

If contraband not permitted by UBC is recovered, it will be destroyed or returned to the parent/guardian. To prevent unsafe items from arriving on the unit, please do not bring purses, bags, or contraband items into the building. Please do not give patients any items that have not been cleared and inventoried by staff. This will also ensure that all items return with the patient upon discharge.

Damage to UBC Property
UBC will NOT assume responsibility for any items lost or damaged. Hospital property damaged by youth will be assessed or needed repairs and the youth or their parents will be billed for damage-related repairs.