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Is Lakewood Right For Your Family?

Admission Criteria

Lakewood Center is a residential community offering long-term psychiatric treatment to adults ages 21 and over diagnosed with a mental illness including Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

There is a minimum length of stay of 6 months and families interested in Lakewood often appreciate the fact that there is no maximum length of stay as long as their loved one continues to meet the criteria. Lakewood Center is located on a beautiful, 15-acre lakefront campus in Fern Park, Florida, which is just north of Orlando. Candidates for admission will have a diagnosis of a chronic mental illness, be ambulatory and free of major medical conditions requiring on-going nursing care, willing to participate in a treatment program and its services, assessed as having the potential (with staff supervision) to self-administer medication, maintain personal hygiene and appropriately participate in social interactions.

Exclusionary Criteria

Lakewood Center is not equipped to provide treatment to individuals that require support for the following:

  • Co-occurring drug and alcohol related issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Persistent mania
  • Cognitive challenges
  • Non-compliance with prescribed medications
  • Actively suicidal
  • History of violence or exhibits violent tendencies

Lakewood Center is an "open" campus and would not be an appropriate placement for an individual who requires 24-hour visual monitoring.

Admission Process

Lakewood Center welcomes admission inquiries from individuals, families, physicians and mental health professionals. Our admissions process is intentionally designed to get to know the prospective resident, their goals for treatment, and any other special circumstances they may have. We also utilize these conversations as an opportunity to answer questions and help determine if Lakewood Center is the best choice.

On the initial call, one of our caring admissions representatives will gather information via a phone screening and share program details. If the caller would like to continue the admissions process, we will request records from previous and current placement and providers. We will schedule a virtual or in person assessment that can include the prospective resident and any other representatives of their choice. All clinical information including records, virtual assessment, and phone screening are then viewed by our clinical team and a decision for admission will be offered. If we are unable to accept a potential resident for any reason, we will gladly offer alternative treatment options with one of our trusted community partners.

Admissions can be scheduled for a Monday or a Tuesday. During the admission, we will complete paperwork, new resident orientation, and the new resident will work closely with our Director of Admissions, Director of Clinical Services, and their Clinical Coordinator to develop an initial treatment plan to allow for a comfortable integration.