Information for Patients :: Ward Rules (2 of 2)


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newsUnacceptable Items

  • Alcohol, which includes products containing alcohol
  • Any drugs/medications not ordered by your physician
  • Tobacco products of any kind
  • Glass containers
  • Mirrors, scissors, tweezers, nail clippers, and nail files
  • Weapons or any object that could be used as a weapon. Such as:
    • Heavy belts
    • belt buckles
    • high-heeled shoes
    • pointed cowboy boots
    • cleats, steel-toed boots/shoes
    • combat boots, etc.
  • Any type of knife

Depending upon the item, it may be disposed of, or secured in the vault, by the Institutional Police.

The Charge Nurse will determine if personal items, not on the above list, may present a danger and must be secured.

Personal hygiene items may also be secured behind the Nurse’s Station.



newsUse and Possession of Tobacco Products are Not Permitted


SWVMHI is a tobacco and smoke free facility for all patients and staff. Tobacco is a highly addictive substance and poses a health danger. To promote the health and well being of our staff and the recovery of our patients, tobacco use will not be permitted in any buildings or on the grounds. No tobacco products may be stored, and therefore will be disposed of upon admission to the facility. In an effort to assist you with this change, we will be providing fresh air breaks, alternative physical activities, and group interactions.


Fresh air breaks will be provided to you. The actual times may vary according to inclement weather conditions and during the time change of the year. Some examples of inclement weather are: temperature less than 32 degrees, icy conditions, severe rain, severe wind, or hail. The length of these fresh air breaks will be for approximately 15 to 25 minutes, or longer depending on weather conditions. You may be asked at any time by the Charge Nurse to remain within the enclosed area during fresh air breaks if deemed necessary, for behavioral and/or medical reasons for your safety and the safety of others.


If you would like to try a smoking cessation method, please discuss this with your Treatment Team. If you are a patient on forensic status, and/or on 1:1 suicide precautions, 1:1 impulsive behavior or elopement precautions, you will remain in the enclosed area for your safety and security during your fresh air break times.



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It is our mission to promote mental health in Southwestern Virginia to assist people in their recovery. We strive to excel in providing quality psychiatric services to our patients. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to discuss these with a staff member. If you have any questions about the safety or quality of care provided at SWVMHI, you may contact The Joint Commission by calling 1-800-994-6610, 8:30am to 5:00 pm Central Time during weekdays.


You may also write them at:
Office of Quality Monitoring
The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Tenace, IL 60181