Department of Psychiatry &
Behavioral Medicine

Patient and Family Information

What You Should and Should Not Bring

To ensure your safety and the safety of other patients, the following items are prohibited on our inpatient units: CD’s, CD players, radios, video games, musical instruments, fans, nail products, cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices, cameras, glass containers, curling irons, hair dryers, and toiletries containing alcohol.  Meals and snacks will be provided so please do not bring outside food.  Other items may be denied at staff’s discretion.

Dress Code

Please limit your personal belongings to three outfits.  We can provide other necessary items for you.  We will inspect your belongs for safety upon arrival.  Although we can store your valuables, it is best to send them home with a family member, as we cannot be responsible for their safe-keeping

At the staff’s discretion, a patient may be asked to change or alter clothing that is considered unsuitable.  The following information provides a guideline for clothing requirements at Marshall I. Pickens Hospital.

  • Excessive jewelry or jewelry not worn at all times will be sent home
  • No clothing with removable strings or rope
  • No clothing with inappropriate, suggestive, violent or sexual artwork or writings
  • No attire worn in a manner to suggest association with inappropriate group(s)
  • Shirts/blouses must cover the stomach even when arms are raised
  • No tank tops or shirts that do not cover the upper arms, shoulders or chest
  • Shorts or skirts are expected to be a modest length (at least fingertip length)
  • All pants must be worn on the hips – not exposing underwear or dragging on the ground
  • Shoes must be worn at all times
  • No boots
  • No hats or scarves
  • Everyone must be fully dressed when outside their room
  • A washer and dryer are available to do laundry at no charge