Residential treatment center for OCD patients to open in Elk Grove Village

At this treatment facility, pictures on the walls will be crooked, on purpose.

Books on a bookshelf will be jumbled without regard to title, color or size.

It’s all part of local hospital system Amita Health’s plan to treat patients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder at the system’s new residential treatment center. The 48-bed Elk Grove Village facility — in the renovated home formerly used by the Alexian Brothers — will open to patients Monday.

Though a number of residential treatment facilities already accept OCD patients, Amita leaders say their center will be somewhat unique because it will focus specifically on adult patients with OCD, using a type of therapy known as exposure and response prevention. The center also will treat patients with other anxiety and addiction issues. Amita leaders say the facility will fill a gap in care offerings in their current system as well as the state as a whole.

Amita expects many of the first residential patients to come from within the system, and also is talking to patients in other parts of the country seeking treatment, Novak said. Most insurers cover such residential treatment, he said, which, without coverage would run about $775 a day.

Cassiday said it often can be difficult for patients to get authorization from their insurers to enter such programs.

McGrath said the treatment can be life-altering for many people and their families. He remembered one woman who didn’t touch her baby for six months out of fear she’d harm him. After therapy, she finally started holding him.

Patients like her could benefit from the new residential facility, where they might make progress more quickly than if they went to just a few hours of therapy a day at the hospital.

“There’s nothing more amazing than watching people get their lives back,” McGrath said.

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