What to Bring to The Military Program

Personal Items to Bring With You

Please pack two bags for your stay – one small ‘Ditty Bag’ for items you may need during the first few hours of your stay and another larger ‘Overnight Bag’ for all your remaining personal items that are not needed during the first few hours after your arrival.

Ditty Bag

This small bag will accompany you into the secure unit upon arrival and should contain anything you may need access to within the first few hours of your stay. Your other bags will be left at admissions to be searched for contraband and then brought to the unit at a later time.

  • Change of clothing (no strings in hoodies, sweats, or shoes)
  • Slip on shoes
  • Light jacket or sweater in the Fall/Winter (no strings)
  • Medications: Please bring all your medications and provide a list of your current prescription and over-the-counter medications, including dosages and frequency. CHH will provide medications on our formulary only. This may not include medications prescribed for certain medical conditions.
  • Important papers: phone numbers, emergency contact information and online account information (you will have limited access to your cell phone)
  • Partial Toiletry Kit: toothbrush, toothpaste, brush/comb, special face wash or moisturizers (no shaving kits)
  • Valuables: wallet, cell phone (these items will be stored in a secure area upon arrival; wallet can be checked out on a case by case basis)

Overnight Bag

This bag should contain all items needed during your stay that you don’t need access to within the first few hours post-arrival.

  • Day clothing- recommended 5-7 days of clothing due to limited storage. (Washer/dryer is available at no charge, laundry detergent is provided)
  • Shoes (Belts, shoe/boot strings, and shorts/pants with strings are kept in a secure area and can be checked in/out for special activities, if approved by your physician)
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, shower shoes, deodorant, and female sanitary items). These items cannot include alcohol based products or aerosols. It is recommended that you bring an electric razor for any shaving needs; they will be secured by staff and checked in/out when needed.
  • Warm pajamas (must be appropriate for a mixed gender unit).
  • Clothing that is conservative and appropriate for the NW climate (i.e.: Jacket or sweater without strings).
  • Tobacco products (for use only during designated breaks as determined by unit rules). It is recommended that you bring a 4-6 week supply. Smokeless tobacco in pouches only; no cans allowed on the unit. E-cigarettes and vaporizers are not permitted.
  • Medications: Please bring all your medications and provide a list of your current prescription and over-the-counter medications, including dosages and frequency. CHH will provide medications on our formulary only. This may not include medications prescribed for certain medical conditions.
  • You can bring your own hair clippers (will be secured by unit staff, haircuts are supervised by unit staff and only when staff is available).

Make-up is allowed; but is secured by staff and checked out when needed.

Prohibited Items

Please leave the following items at home. If brought to the hospital, they will be stored in a secure area during your treatment.

All electronic equipment (includes cell phones, iPods, laptops, cameras, DVDs, earphones, beepers, alarm clocks, radios or recording devices) unless arranged prior to arrival.

  • Belts, shoe/boot strings, and shorts/pants with strings are kept in a secure area and can be checked in/out for special activities, if approved by your physician.
  • Any hairdryers, curling irons, flat irons, etc.
  • Clothing with inappropriate artwork (alcohol, drugs or violent phrases/pictures) Freedom Care staff has the right to determine if a clothing item is inappropriate for the unit.
  • Outside food or drink is prohibited unless authorized by Freedom Care staff
  • Jewelry and other high value items (wedding rings) are permitted but it is recommended all valuable jewelry be left at home)
  • All items with sharp edges, points, glass, mirrors
  • All drugs or alcoholic beverages
  • All knives, guns, mace/pepper spray or other personal protection devices
  • All pens, pencils or binders with metal spirals
  • All currency over $50.00 (Currency use is limited to therapeutic outings; everything you may need is otherwise provided)
  • All nail clippers, tweezers, or other personal grooming devices
  • All needles, hooks, or wire hangers
  • Any stuffed animals, blankets and pillows
  • Disposable razors are prohibited. It is recommended that you bring an electric razor, which can be checked in/out when needed.
  • A complete inventory of personal belongings will be conducted upon arrival. Prohibited or restricted items will be secured and you will not have access to these items until your discharge, any illegal items brought onto hospital property are subject to confiscation and/or disposal.

CELL PHONE NOTICE

You will have limited access to your phone during your stay. Please make a list of important phone numbers prior to your arrival. You will have access to the facility phone and there is a 1-800 number for your family to call in (with your Patient ID number that is given at admission).

You will have limited access to an ATM or Internet. Please ensure that bills are arranged prior to arrival or that you have arranged for telephone payments to be made.

We ask that you do not lend or give out any of your personal possessions.

Safety Notice

For the safety of Cedar Hills’ patients and staff, certain behaviors are prohibited. The following are unsafe behaviors and are not allowed:

  • Sexual acts or inappropriate physical contact between patients
  • Violence of any sort including verbal threats, physical aggression or destruction of property
  • Drinking alcohol or using non-prescribed drugs or being in possession of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs

Unsafe behavior will result in a review of the treatment plan and further recommendations.

It is the job of the staff to prevent harm from coming to any patient. You can help and show your concern about others by immediately telling a staff member if you know of someone who is planning to hurt him or herself or someone else, or if you know of someone planning to run away from the facility. Your treatment team will answer questions about this if the situation arises.

Cedar Hills Hospital is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal items. Questions regarding personal items can be directed to Mr. Greg Walker, Military Liaison at 503 413 9779 (CONUS) or 877 601 5303 (OCONUS).

As a member of the United States Military, we honor your service to our great nation and the sacrifices you and your families have made. It is truly our pleasure to assist you in your treatment.