Transitions Behavioral Unit and Outpatient Services

Transitions specializes in mental health care and services for geriatric patients. Both inpatient and outpatient services are provided under the direction of a full time psychiatrist.


Nurse’s Station: (812) 254-8854 option 2

Program Director:  Jana Sherar, LCSW

Nurse Manager:   Melody Wininger, RN

Psychiatrists:  Dr. M. Abdelhameed, MD

                            Dr. L. Callaghan, MD

Social Workers:  Betty Harper, LCSW

                               Joyce Cox, LSW

Activity Coordinator:  Janice Watkins, BS

Intake Coordinator:  Becky Wininger, RN

Visiting Hours

Monday-Friday            Saturday and Sunday

3:30-5:30p                    11:00-12:00p

6:30-7:30p                    3:30-5:30p


A Letter from the Program Director

On behalf of myself and our behavioral health team I welcome you to our program. I hope that you find this experience to be a time of healing, insight and encouragement!

Along with my letter, you should receive an information packet that contains several important documents. I want to especially draw your attention to the page that lists your rights and responsibilities as a patient/and or caregiver on the unit. PLEASE let us know if you have questions or concerns about any of these, as they are very important. Our goal is to provide the very best care we can, so please let us know if you have concerns.

Also, please note the page outlining your rights to appeal any decision made by your Treatment Team regarding your care. You will also find information explaining how to file a formal grievance. Obviously, I would hope that you would come to me personally with any concerns you may have during your stay – my door is always open to you.

Within the next 72 hours, you will be meeting with your Treatment Team to discuss your plan of care. I encourage you to take an active role in developing the goals you will be working on during your stay with us. The best way to accomplish this is by letting someone on your Treatment Team know that you would like to have members of your support system participate in planning your care. This may be especially important in planning for on-going needs after discharge.

Last, but not least, we want you to feel safe here. Please let us know if you feel unsafe or threatened in any way. We will do everything we can to assist you in making this program a healthy and rewarding experience for you. And please feel free to speak with me at any time. Simply ask any staff member to let me know that you would like to see me.

Thank you so much and I wish you the very best in all your future endeavors!

 Jana Sherar, LCSW

Jana Sherar, LCSW

Program Director

Transitions Behavioral Health Unit

Phone: 812-254-8854 or email:




Daviess Community Hospital Behavioral Health Handbook

The following information is designed to help you become familiar with the routines and activities on the unit, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the staff.

Our treatment team has the knowledge process is the development and maintenance of a therapeutic community. The sharing of your experiences with others can aid in your recovery. This handbook has been developed by the staff to help answer questions about our services and the various ways we as staff try to assist your recovery. If you should have any questions not answered in this booklet, feel free to contact a member of the staff at any time.

ADMISSION: When you arrive on the unit, a staff member will interview you and take your temperature, blood pressure, pulse, etc. The questions and procedures help us know more about you and assist in the planning of your care. You should have already had routine lab work done and other tests your physician feels are necessary in the Emergency Room.

For the safety and welfare of people on the unit, we keep some items (such as medications, razors, or electrical equipment) at the Nurse’s Station. Items may be obtained as needed (sometimes with staff supervision). These items will be returned as soon as you are finished.

Due to limited storage space, and because items may be lost or misplaced, we ask that you keep only essential belongings on the unit. Those things of value or large sums of money should be sent home or stored in the Cashier’s office. We do encourage you to have some change of street clothes on the unit as while you are here, you are encouraged to be up, dressed, and involved in the unit’s activities.

PROGRAM: There are daily scheduled activities; some or all of which you may be involved in doing. Services are provided by a team of highly qualifies professionals, including a physician, nurses, mental health techs, and therapists.

While in the program, we ask that you attend all prescribed activities/groups on a regular basis. In addition, we ask that you participate in the program by interacting with your peers in a helpful manner and maintaining a clean, neat and safe unit environment.

ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT POLICY: Your treatment begins with a thorough examination of the problems and concerns you are experiencing. Please be honest, open and direct in answering questions and clarifying information. Remember, the more that we know about you and your problems, the more we can help.

The physician oversees and directs treatment with your input. Your involvement in developing your treatment plan is vital to your success in the program.

If you have questions or concerns about your treatment plan, please contact your social worker.

CONFIDENTIALITY: The confidentiality of patient information is very important. Your information is kept completely confidential unless you give us written consent to talk with others about your treatment. We follow all applicable Laws and Regulations regarding confidentiality. We ask that you not share with others any information you have learned about other Patients. You are asked never to talk about other patients (i.e., who they are, their presence in the program, what their problems are, etc.) The only exceptions to talking about other patients would be to notify a staff member of an emergency involving another patient. Visitors to the Unit will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Confidentiality prohibits the use of the following devices:

  • Do not take pictures using a cell phone or camera.
  • Do not talk on a cell phone while visiting someone on the unit.
  • Do not tape record any conversation while on the unit. 


VISITORS: All visitations are to occur in the patient’s room or assigned location. Patients are limited to two visitors at a time. Visitors between the ages of three and fifteen require special permission. Please do not ask to bring anyone under the age of three onto the unit.

TOBACCO USE POLICY: The use of tobacco is not permitted in this facility. There are medications and other aids that may be of assistance should the non-smoking rule be an issue.

FOOD/BEVERAGES: For safety, sanitation, and dietary management purposes, you are asked not to bring food and/or beverage items into the unit.

HOUSEKEEPING: Individuals are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Housekeeping services will assist and supplement your efforts.

SAFETY: For your safety and the safety of others, certain behaviors and items are not allowed. The following are considered unsafe behaviors and are not permitted:

  • Sexual acts or inappropriate physical contact between patients are not permitted.
  • Violence of any sort is not tolerated. This includes verbal threats, physical aggression and destruction of property.
  • Ingestion of alcohol and/or un-prescribed drugs, or the possession of alcohol or un-prescribed drugs is not permitted.
  • Unsafe behavior will result in a review of your treatment plan with subsequent recommendations.
  • It is the responsibility of the staff to attempt to prevent harm from occurring to any patient. You can help and show your concern about others by immediately telling staff if you know someone is planning to hurt themselves or others.

ADDITIONAL SAFETY: We also restrict any hazardous items that could jeopardize your safety or the safety of other patients. Examples of items which are not permitted or require supervision of use include the following:

  • Knives
  • Guns
  • Any protection device (sprays, etc.)
  • Cell phones, I-pods, Pagers or any type of recording devices
  • Cameras
  • Anything that is flammable
  • Glass containers or mirrors
  • Scissors, razors or other sharp objects
  • Hangers
  • Shoestrings
  • Scarves, belts, shoelaces, ties, suspenders
  • Medication at your bedside
  • Any items determined by the staff to be unsafe

CLOTHING: Patients are expected to dress appropriately. No headphones are to be worn. We require that clothing be clean and without offensive words, pictures, or alcohol/drug related pictures, logos, etc. Provocative and distractive clothing is prohibited.

TELEPHONE: The cordless phone is available for use during free time, in between groups, or in case of emergency. As a courtesy to other patients, please attempt to limit calls to 5-7 minutes. Telephone calls are to be restricted to the following times: 8:00a.m. to 9:30p.m. Phone calls are not to interrupt group activities; a message will be taken and given to you promptly after the group session.

GRIEVANCES: The program’s goal is to provide a positive and valuable experience for all patients. If you have a concern or problem with this experience, the program has a procedure for allowing patients, their family or others to register a complaint. Patients with complaints should notify their physician, the Program Director, the nurse manager, or their nurse on duty. The staff will help resolve the issue.

For more information please see the page that addresses Patient Responsibilities.

FAMILY SUPPORT AND EDUCATION: This program is designed to provide education and support to the family members experiencing emotional or mental health disorders. Please talk to your therapist about it. No information about your attendance or treatment will be discussed with others without your explicit approval. Please let staff know to what degree you would like your family involved in your care.



VALUABLES: We cannot be responsible for the loss of missing items that you retain in your possession. We ask that you send valuables home and limit the amount of money you keep as well as the amount/type of jewelry you wear. You will be encouraged to lock money, credit cards or jewelry in the hospital safe if you are unable to send it home. Certain types of jewelry will not be permitted on the unit.

MEDICATIONS: Medications are prescribed for you by your physicians based on your individual needs. Medications are administered at specific times. You are encouraged to discuss your medications with your physicians and nurses to learn about them. Please immediately show your nurse any medications that you brought with you on admission. You may be asked to send them home with a family member; otherwise they will be stored in a locked cabinet until discharge. Patients may not keep any medications in their possession while on the unit. This includes over-the-counter medications, as well, as those prescribed by a physician. Please tell your physician or nurse about any physical changes or side effects that you feel if you are taking medication.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES: In the unlikely event that a fire or other situation requires an evacuation of the program, you will be notified by the fire alarm systems, smoke detector or staff members. For everyone’s safety please:

  • Remain calm
  • Report to staff and follow their directions
  • Remain with the group so everyone can be accounted for before evacuation to a safe area

Emergency evacuation maps are located throughout the building. Fire drills are held on a regular basis. Please participate responsibly in these important drills.

FIRE DRILLS: As a part of our concern for your welfare and care, we hold practice for fire and disaster drills from time to time. These drills will not interrupt your care in any way. Patients may be evacuated during the drills, so please be cooperative if you see or hear evidence of a practice and follow the direction of the staff. If there is any danger for any reason, you can be assured that you will be moved to safety immediately.