Our Admissions Process

We designed the admissions process at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia to help you access timely support for the behavioral health and substance use concerns you are facing. Our admissions counselors will guide you through every step, ensuring that you receive care that meets you wherever you are on your healing journey.

Our Admissions Criteria

At CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia, we are dedicated to providing the communities surrounding Columbia, Missouri, with access to high-quality behavioral healthcare. As part of that commitment, we offer both inpatient and outpatient programming options that help our patients improve their overall quality of life.  

Our inpatient programming serves children ages 8-12 and adolescents ages 13-17 who are struggling with various behavioral health concerns. This level of care also supports adults age 18 and older and seniors age 65 and older who have certain behavioral health and dual diagnosis concerns. 

While we make all admissions decisions on a case-by-case basis, a person might be eligible to receive care through our inpatient programming if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Concerns are severely impacting the ability to function in daily life 
  • Concerns cannot be addressed at a lower level of care 
  • Need 24/7 support to achieve stability and regain a sense of safety 

We also offer intensive outpatient programming (IOP) for those who meet the following criteria: 

  • Adolescent age 13-17 or adult age 18 or older
  • Have a substance use disorder or behavioral health concern
  • Capable of fully engaging in therapeutic programming
  • Do not need the round-the-clock support of an inpatient program 

Please note that this does not fully represent the admissions criteria at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia. The best way to determine whether our hospital is the right place for you is to complete an initial assessment. This will allow us to determine the type and level of care that best fits your needs, along with whether our programming can help you meet your specific therapeutic goals. 

Completing an Initial Assessment

The admissions team at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia is committed to assisting you as swiftly and efficiently as possible. You have the option of scheduling an assessment in person at our hospital in Columbia, Missouri, or over the phone from wherever is most convenient for you.  

During this process, you’ll talk to a knowledgeable, empathetic member of our staff who will discuss your needs with you and answer any questions you might have about getting behavioral health or substance use treatment with us. They will also gather information about your: 

  • Presenting symptoms 
  • Behavioral health history
  • Medical history
  • Social history
  • Behavioral health treatment history
  • Substance use treatment history 

This information will then be reviewed by our staff for medical and clinical appropriateness before we recommend the type and level of care that may be best for you. If you are going to start treatment at our Columbia, Missouri, hospital, we will help you complete the rest of the admissions process. Otherwise, we will provide resources for placement where we believe you will find success. 

The Next Steps

Whether you need hospitalization or are starting outpatient treatment, the team of compassionate admissions counselors at CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia will guide you through every part of the admissions process.   

If you completed an assessment over the phone, we will work with you to schedule a time to come to our hospital in Columbia, Missouri. If you completed an in-person assessment, you’ll simply continue progressing through the admissions process under the guidance of one of our admissions counselors. 

This typically involves gathering your demographic and insurance information, along with starting crucial intake assessments that support the creation of your personalized treatment plan. Once you are admitted to treatment, you will receive a tour of the facility and can begin to get acclimated to your new therapeutic environment. 

At CenterPointe Hospital of Columbia, we know how intimidating it can be to reach out for professional support. When you’re ready to get started, our admissions counselors are here to support you every step of the way. 


I used to think I would never get better. But, after I came to CenterPointe for TMS, my depression was completely gone! I feel like I came out of a bubble and into an open space where I could finally make decisions again.

– Alumni
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