Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

What To Bring

At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, our priority is to provide a safe and comfortable healing environment for our patients so that they can better focus on their health and recovery. To make the treatment planning process easier, we’ve put together a list of what to bring and what to leave at home. This will help avoid any confusion of what can and cannot be on campus during the intake process. 

What to Bring With You

Items you should bring during your stay at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry in Columbus, OH

  • Several changes of comfortable clothes, including underwear and socks 
  • Appropriate sleeping attire 
  • One pair of shoes – no laces; no steel-toe boots/shoes 
  • Toiletries will be provided – however, if you have any special needs, you may bring nonprohibited personal supplies  
  • Seasonal jacket/sweater 
  • Cigarettes, preferably in unopened package 

What Not to Bring With You

Items you should leave at home during your stay at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry in Columbus, OH 

  • Aerosol products 
  • Products with alcohol 
  • Volatile solvents (e.g., nail polish remover), toxic model glue, Wite-Out 
  • Batteries 
  • Belts/scarves 
  • Blankets/pillows 
  • Drawstrings on clothing/shoelaces 
  • Cords of any kind 
  • Cameras of any kind 
  • Cellphones 
  • Computers 
  • Items made of glass or breakable plastic 
  • Drugs (e.g., prescription, OTC, herbal, street, drug paraphernalia) 
  • Food or beverages from outside hospital 
  • Glass mirrors, including encased cosmetics 
  • Heat-producing and/or corded personal care/hair products 
  • Keys 
  • Money, wallets, purses 
  • Matches or lighters 
  • Personal radios, TVs, DVD or CD players, MP3 players, iPods, Kindles, Nooks, etc. 
  • Jewelry – exception is wedding ring with signed release of responsibility 
  • Plastic bags, cellophane 
  • Provocative clothing 
  • Recording devices of any kind 
  • Sharp objects including, but not limited to, glass or metal, scissors, metal nail files, tweezers, razors, metal-ringed binders, crochet or knitting needles of any kind, or anything with an edge that can conceivably be used for harm to self or others 
  • Weapons of any type, including martial arts weapons 
  • Stuffed animals 
  • Flowers 
  • Tobacco products other than cigarettes (e.g., chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, cigars) 
  • Videos and video games 
  • Clothes hangers of any type 
  • Underwire bras

I felt alone in this world confronting my problems with my mental disorders and the addiction that I developed to cope. Fortunately, the staff at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry were able to provide me with the assistance I needed, starting with the admissions process. Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry not only changed my life, but saved it.

– Susan F.
Marks of Quality Care
Why does this matter?
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation