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Admission Requirements
Contact Information
Western State Hospital
2400 Russellville Road
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Phone: (270) 889-6025

Director Social Services
Tracy Buttram
(270) 889-2829

Individuals admitted for treatment at Western State Hospital must first be assessed by a mental health professional at the appropriate Community Mental Health Center. This assessment is to determine the individual's current symptoms as well as the level of care that the individual may need.

The level of care could be outpatient services provided by the Community Mental Health Center or admission to Western State Hospital or another appropriate hospital for treatment (see "Community Mental Health Centers" on the left navigation bar).

An individual may be ordered to Western State Hospital by the court system at the request or recommendation of a qualified mental health professional who is employed by the appropriate Community Mental Health Center.

Admission Criteria

  • The patient must be at least 18 years old.
  • The patient must have a diagnosis of a major mental illness.
  • The patient must be dangerous to himself or herself or to others.

Hospitalization is the least restrictive form of treatment needed, and the patient is likely to benefit from that treatment.

Individuals Not Appropriate for Admission

  • Individuals with serious physical health problems requiring more treatment than general nursing care. Individuals in this category should be receiving care at a medical center.
  • Individuals who require forensic care.
  • Individuals charged with felonies.
  • Individuals with primary problems of acute substance abuse.
  • Individuals with primary problems of developmental or intellectual disabilities.

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