Psychiatric Evaluation & Treatment Packing List


Psychiatric Evaluation & Treatment (E&T) Packing List


It is our goal to provide the highest quality of care to our clients. In order to do so, we have established some guidelines for your 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.


What items should I bring?


We suggest that clients bring the following: 

  • Jacket or sweatshirt without strings
  • Underwear
  • Casual, comfortable t-shirts
  • Casual, comfortable pants
  • Comfortable, slip-on shoes or slippers
  • Grooming supplies (should be kept to a minimum – lipstick, eye shadow, foundation, etc. – and should not be in glass containers or have glass mirrors)
  • Foam earplugs (wax or hard plastic plugs are not allowed)
  • Leisure materials such as word games or books (those with spiral wires or metal rings are not allowed)
  • Any prescribed medications

Please bring no more than 3 days worth of clothing for your stay and the limit the amount of items brought into the building. Clients are encouraged to dress comfortably and casually, and laundry will be done twice a week. Clothing that is expensive, extremely delicate, hard to replace or requires special cleaning should remain at home. All clothing should be marked with an indelible laundry pen to cut down on loss and misplacement. Daybreak is not responsible for lost or stolen clothing.

Many clients enjoy journaling on a regular basis. Clients can bring a half-inch binder or a non-spiral notebook when they are admitted or purchase one from Daybreak.

Daybreak cannot take responsibility for lost, traded or damaged possessions.


What items should I NOT bring?


The following items are prohibited in Daybreak’s Psychiatric Evaluation & Treatment unit:

    • Alcohol or items containing alcohol as an ingredient (makeup/face wipes are the exception)
    • Any drug-related paraphernalia
    • Sharp objects (razors, scissors, glass bottles, mirrors, picture frames, needles, pins, aluminum cans, spiral notebooks, keys, makeup pencil sharpeners, paper clips, hair clips, underwire bras and any other item with sharp edges or which can be broken to create sharp edges)
    • Shoe laces
    • Belts
    • Pantyhose
    • Jewelry (includes body piercings)
    • Crop tops
    • Short shorts
    • Rope
    • Glass or mirrors of any kind (including in makeup compacts)
    • String (includes clothing with draw strings or long ties)
    • Bandannas
    • Headbands
    • Ace bandages
    • Matches and lighters
    • Aerosol products, mousse, nail polishes and nail polish removers
    • Hair combs (brushes are okay)
    • Fireworks
    • Personal televisions
    • Stereos
    • Video games
    • CD players/recorders/MP3 players
    • Cameras or any video recording device
    • Computers or tablets
    • Cell phones
    • Any item with an electrical cord
    • Magazines, books, pictures or clothing items depicting drug or alcohol use, violence, racism, gangs, sexual situations or otherwise potentially offensive material
    • Weapons of any kind
    • Candles or incense
    • Plastic bags
    • Non-prescribed medications
    • Pillows and blankets
    • Gum
    • Tobacco of any kind (cigarettes, chew, etc.)
    • e-cigarettes

If a patient or visitor brings in a prohibited item, it will be kept and stored until discharge. Other items not on this list may be deemed inappropriate or dangerous by the clinical staff. If you have any questions, give us a call at 1-888-454-5506.