Visitation Guidelines at Fairfax

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Fairfax Behavioral Health Visitation Guidelines

Visitors are only allowed during scheduled visiting hours if there are no active Covid-19 patients within the facility. At this time, we can only accommodate ½ hour visits on all units. Click here for visiting hours.

You are encouraged to call the facility the day of your planned visit in order to determine whether visitation will be permitted on the day you want to visit. If there is a Covid-19 outbreak within the facility, visitation will be suspended for that day until the facility is cleared.

Visitation will occur in the cafeteria. Patients must have off-unit privileges in order to have visitors, and they will be escorted there by unit staff. Please check in with your loved one as to whether they have these privileges or not before coming to the hospital.

Visitors must come to the Kirkland Hospital lobby or to the Everett/Monroe sites at least 15 minutes before their allotted patient units’ visit time in order to be screened and complete the sign in process. If you miss your patient unit’s visit time, you will not be allowed to visit until the next visiting day.

Covid-19 & Flu Season

Please do not enter hospital property if you are experiencing, or may have been exposed to Covid-19 or flu or have any Covid-19 or flu symptoms (fever, cough, trouble breathing, and runny nose).

Visitors will need to check in, have their temperature taken, be screened for Covid-19 symptoms, and put on a procedure mask, which must remain in place for the entire visit.

Do NOT bring any food, drinks or patient belongings for your loved one or yourself during these visits.

If either the patient or visitor removes their masks during the visit, the visit will be terminated and you will be asked to leave the premises.

Visitor Identification

You must check in with the receptionist in the lobby before you walk onto the units. The receptionist will ask you for identification, take your picture, and will then provide you with a dated visitor sticker when you sign in. We require that you wear this sticker in a prominent place at all times while on our grounds. If you are present on any unit without this sticker, you will be asked to return to the receptionist. Visitor ID stickers must be surrendered to staff when visitation is over.

All visitors must leave personal possessions in the on-site provided lockers (purses, bags, and coats).

Number of Visitors

Visitors are limited to two (2) unless visiting for a therapeutic family session where the participants will be determined by your treatment team.

Visitor Age

Visitors must be 18 years or older.

Our visitation policies are intended to keep all patients and visitors safe. It is our desire to facilitate a smooth and therapeutic visitation. Please call us in advance to clarify, confirm or discuss any concerns.

Flowers & Balloons

Unfortunately, we do not permit flowers or balloons on the hospital units. We suggest that you wait until the patient returns home to present these items so that they can fully enjoy them. If flowers or balloons are brought in, they will either be sent back with the family or left at the Front Desk until the patient discharges.

Visitation & Patient Belongings

Due to the challenges of managing multiple visitors on visitation day, no patient belongings will be accepted at the front desk at that time.

Visit Termination

If at any time during your visit, you become disruptive to the unit or if your presence is upsetting to the patient, you may be asked to leave. All patients have the right to refuse any visitor and have the option to terminate your visit at any time.

Patient Belongings

If you are bringing items to leave with a patient (i.e., clothing, toiletries, etc), please give all items to the staff when you enter the lobby on any Non-Visitation day. Some items may be sent home with you if they are considered to be contraband.


The following items are considered to be contraband on all patient units.

If a patient or visitor brings them in, they will be kept and stored until discharge:

Alcohol or any drug related paraphernalia, sharp objects such as razors, scissors, glass bottles, mirrors, picture frames, needles, pins, aluminum cans, spiral notebooks, keys, make-up, pencil sharpeners, paper clips, hair clips, underwire bras and any other item with sharp edges or which can be broken to create sharp edges, shoe laces, belts, panty hose, rope, head bands, ace bandages, clothing with drawstrings or long ties, matches and lighters, aerosol cans or fireworks of any kind, personal televisions, stereos, video games, CD players/recorders, boom boxes, computers, palm pilots, pagers, cell phones, any item with an electrical cord, etc., magazines, books, pictures or clothing items depicting drug or alcohol use, violence, racism, gangs, sexual situations or activities, Satanism or otherwise potentially offensive material, cameras, camcorders or any type of audio or visual recording device, weapons of any kind, candles or incense, plastic bags, medications of any kind and any other item deemed inappropriate or dangerous by the clinical staff.

We hope that you enjoy your visit at Fairfax Behavioral Health. Thank you for being a part of your friend or loved one’s treatment. If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please ask a member of our staff.

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