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What to Expect

When You Arrive

Upon admission, you’ll receive a tour of the unit and new patient orientation, and meet with your assigned case manager. The Pathways team will work with you to develop your personalized treatment plan and arrange for any after-care services/programs you may need when you leave.

The Typical Day

Each day, you will receive a schedule detailing your activities for the day. The typical schedule includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Two morning groups
  • Lunch
  • Two to three afternoon groups, including adventure therapy (adventure therapy can be in the morning or the afternoon)
  • Dinner
  • Two to three evening groups
  • Evening free time for reading, arts and crafts, games, movies, and more

Groups are facilitated by counselors and treatment assistants and may be broken up by different demographics over the course of the day. Smoke breaks are scheduled throughout the day.


Our residential unit has one adult female wing, one adult male wing,(this depends on the demographics of the current patients) and teen wing. Teens are in single rooms. Adults are in double rooms, matched with a roommate according to age when possible. All rooms have private bathrooms, and each patient has their own bed, desk and closet/armoire. A nurses’ station is centrally located in the unit and manned 24/7 to monitor patient health and medications, and housekeeping maintains each patient room on a daily basis.

There is also a gym, cafeteria, smoking area, patio, adventure therapy ropes course, and more.

Visitation & Contact

Adult patients are permitted to see visitors during their pre-scheduled family session. Teens may see visiting immediate family members on Saturdays.

A Place to Stay

For out-of-town family members attending our family programs, Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Hackerman-Patz House is an option for a place to stay. The Hackerman-Patz House is a comfortable and convenient place to stay—a home away from home—for family members of patients at our Pathways facility. Learn more here.

Patients have limited phone access (exceptions are made if clinically appropriate) and internet access (some exceptions for adolescents enrolled in the school program may apply). Phone calls can be made on an office phone with your case manager if considered appropriate. Family and friends can send letters, but no packages will be accepted into the facility.


You may park your car here during the length of your stay. We will safely store your keys for you upon admission.

Leaves of Absence

In the event that you need to leave campus during the course of your treatment, your request will be reviewed by your case manager and the Pathways treatment team on a case-by-case basis.