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What to Bring

What to Bring

The unit staff will then check your child’s belongings to make sure there are no items that
could cause injury. Anything that your child cannot have on the unit will be given back to
you or locked away. You will need to provide three days worth of comfortable clothing.
Items such as comforters, pillows, and stuffed animals from home are welcomed. Each
unit has a supply of shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste for the
children to use. No other items will be necessary to bring for your child. Further along in
this packet, please find a list of items that are not allowed on the unit.

In order to maintain the security of the unit, the following items are not allowed:

  • any object made of metal or glass
  • wire hangers
  • electrical appliances
  • explosives
  • Strings-including those in clothing such as sweat pants
  • belts
  • smoking materials
  • drugs
  • products with alcohol
  • credit cards
  • any weapon or potential weapon
  • batteries
  • sharp objects such as pins, needles, and metal combs
  • hats, headbands
  • any personal audio or video tapes
  • money
  • glue, paint, or cleaning compound
  • jewelry
  • nude photographs, posters, magazines or books
  • shoes of any kind
  • nail polish or nail polish remover
  • spiral notebooks
  • make-up, perfume, cologne, after shave
  • candy, gum, food
  • ceramic, glass or porcelain vases
  • personal music players
  • tank tops, low cut shirts
  • suspenders, overalls
  • personal video game players and games

This list is not meant to be comprehensive, just an idea of what not to bring.

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If your child is in need of behavioral health treatment, Chicago Children’s Center for Behavioral Health, may be able to help. Call 312-491-5055 for a no-cost assessment any time, day or night.