Since the goal of an intervention is to get the person to accept professional help in the form of a treatment program immediately following the intervention, it goes without saying that arrangements must be made in advance. The interventionist knows what treatment resources are available and, based upon the information given, will be able to recommend facilities that are clinically and financially appropriate. The interventionist may be able to contact treatment facilities and to refer the families based upon his experience. A tour of the facility by family members is a good idea so that when the individual wants to know just what this particular treatment facility is like, the family members can let them know that they have seen the facility, met the staff and made all necessary arrangements.
Unfortunately, in the world of managed healthcare, it is very difficult to make prior arrangements for treatment. Until the individual has been clinically assessed and the managed care company has certified the individual for a certain level of care, there is no guaranty that any benefits will be available to pay for the cost of treatment. However, based on the experience of the interventionist as well as the treatment facility, an educated guess can sometimes be made. It is likely, however, that the treatment facility may require a cash or credit card deposit to guarantee admission.
The family should make financial arrangements directly with the treatment facility. Sometime it is necessary for the family or individual to pay for the full cost of treatment. The interventionist will notify the facility of the date and time of the intervention and confirm that a bed is available before the intervention begins. Once the intervention is successfully concluded the interventionist will call the facility and let them know that the client is in route to the facility and the approximate arrival time.
Clothing, personal grooming and hygiene needs should be packed and in the car that will transport the individual to treatment before the intervention begins. It is usually not advisable for the person to return home to pack for an obvious reason; they may change his/her mind. However, the dignity of the individual must be respected at all times. Even when the person makes the decision to immediately enter a treatment facility, it may be necessary to deal with some real but unexpected or unknown last minute issues or circumstances. Each situation is a bit different. However, the most ideal situation is for the individual to proceed with a family members and/or friends directly from the intervention to the treatment facility.