WSH -- Department of Rehabilitation


The Rehabilitation Department at WSH is comprised of a number of unique and specialized professional disciplines (e.g., Occupational Therapists and Aides, Recreational Specialists, Institutional Counselors, etc.). Staff provide psychotherapy/education in a group setting in one of four Recovery Centers.


The goal of the Rehabilitation Department is to support the hospital’s mission, to promote recovery and well-being in partnership with the people we serve.

Our goal is to primarily afford each of our patients the skills necessary to be successful in the community and/or during their competency hearing or once discharged from the hospital.
We try to accomplish this by providing education about various topics such as:

  • Competency restoration
  • Budgeting
  • The importance of taking medication
  • Following up with community providers
  • Relapse prevention strategies
  • Leisure skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Anger management
  • Coping skills
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Life skills


The Rehabilitation Department continues its efforts to offer patients services and interventions that are consistent with evidence-based and best-practice methodologies. 

  • Evidence-based means that interventions are based upon a comprehensive review of scientific and clinical literature.
  • Best-practice means method or techniques that have consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that are therefore, used as a benchmark.


Services provided to patients are varied and diverse. The focus ranges from psychoeducation activities (e.g., improving activities of daily living skills (ADLs), basic computer skills, education/GED, medication management, leisure skills, symptom management, competency restoration, etc.) and psychotherapy activities (e.g., Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, co-occurring/relapse prevention groups, etc.). These activities are consistent with best-practice and evidence-based models.