What to Bring (and not Bring)

The following lists include all the items patients are advised to bring for their stay at CAT and those items that are not permitted. We advise all patient and/or caregivers to carefully read these lists over before preparing for a stay. This will help avoid delays in admissions or other complications.

Click here for a pdf copy of What to bring list that can be printed out. 

Please note: It is critical the patient arrive on time for his or her appointment; showing up late could result in the patient not being admitted as planned.  

Several items are required by the patient in order to be admitted for treatment. These items include a picture ID, all prescribed medications and admission fee. (Note: The required mail should be postmarked within the last 30 days, and no junk mail or handwritten mail are accepted.) No one will be admitted without these key items.

Please note that patients are searched at admission, and anything deemed to be contraband will be confiscated and not returned. Alternatively, the item can be given to the person dropping off the patient.

For their stay, patients should use the following guidelines for specific packing lists. Please call CAT with any questions:

What to Bring

  • Up to seven outfits – such as seven tops and seven bottoms – for everyday wear (the center has free laundry facilities. Very important: No provocative clothing is allowed, including: jeans with holes, leggings or spandex, tank tops, midriff-bearing shirts and shorts that are more than 1 inch above the knee.
  • Two sets of pajamas
  • One coat, one hooded sweatshirt and one sweater
  • Two pairs of closed-toed shoes (not permitted: open-toed shoes, heels or sandals)
  • One pair of flip-flops for the shower
  • Two bath towels and two washcloths
Hygiene products*
  • Patients are encouraged to bring toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, disposable razors, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner. Dental floss is not allowed
  • Feminine hygiene products in unopened packages
  • A very limited amount of makeup – no more than five items
  • * Note that shampoos, conditioners, body washes and lotions are required to be clear liquids or in new, unopened packages with a manufacturer’s unopened seal
Tobacco products
  • Cigarettes in original, unopened packs; no other tobacco products 
  • Disposable lighters (smoking times are designated and limited)
Personal items
  • Books and magazines, personal journals and Bibles – nothing pornographic, violent or racially offensive
  • Playing cards in unopened packs
  • Cash: We recommend nothing more than $20 in singles or quarters for the vending machines
Prescribed medications
  • Patients must have a 30-day supply of all approved prescribed medications, in the original containers with pharmacy labels listing patient name and correct dosage. Medications cannot be expired. 
  • Patients bringing medication samples must have written directions provided by a doctor stating the dosage and frequency.

What not to Bring

Safety is our highest priority and for that reason  any items that are brought into facility during the treatment stay that are not permitted will be confiscated and may result in being discharged from care.

  • No electronics, including cellphones, iPods, laptops, electric tablets, electric shavers, etc.
  • No food or drinks
  • No hair chemicals or extensions
  • No items containing alcohol or that can be huffed (such as fingernail polish, polish remover or aerosol cans)
  • No cologne, perfume or body spray
  • No Q-tips, nail clippers, tweezers or scissors
  • No hats, gloves, scarves (including baseball hats)
  • No bed linens, including pillows; they will be provided. No stuffed animals
  • No envelopes or stamps
  • No weapons, alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia