Helpful Hints for Your Admission to the Claudia Black Young Adult Center

Items Needed on Arrival

  • Driver’s license or photo ID
  • Insurance ID card or copy of front and back of card

What to Pack


The high Sonoran Desert climate produces cool morning, hot daytime, and cool evening temperature variations. Casual, comfortable clothing (fairly conservative in style) is strongly suggested. It is recommended to pack the following items:

  • Jeans/Slacks
  • Sweats/workout Clothing
  • Knee-length (when seated) shorts, skirts, skirts, dresses
  • Leggings (if worn with shirt that extends to mid-thigh)
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Robe/housecoat
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, boots
  • T-Shirts, Polo style shirts, collared shirts
  • Bathing suits (one piece for females, trunks for males)

For recreational activities, appropriate apparel includes knee-length shorts and one-piece bathing suits. These items may be worn in recreational areas, such as the fitness center, pool, volleyball and basketball courts. Sleeveless shirts and tank-tops are not allowed, so it is recommended to bring comfortable t-shirts or short-sleeved workout top.


There is limited availability/variety of personal toiletry items available for purchase in the Bookstore. All personal toiletries brought to The Meadows must be in their original containers. Non-alcoholic mouthwash is allowed. While emery boards are preferred, nail files or clippers (no longer than 1 ½ inches) are allowed on campus. Patients may bring their own electric/battery-operated razors. Disposable or safety razors are permitted with Psychiatrist approval.

Any medications you bring to The Meadows must be prescribed by your doctor and in the original containers with prescription labels attached. Medications not labeled and/or with a potential for abuse or dependency will be destroyed upon arrival. Approved specialty medications can be expensive and difficult to obtain, and are not covered with a patient’s stay. The Claudia Black Center will supply and replenish approved and non–specialty vitamins and supplements at no additional cost.

A physician at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center will evaluate all medications brought into the facility. For this reason, it is recommended to only bring a 72-hour supply of prescription medications, as the Claudia Black Young Adult Center will refill all prescriptions as needed. Patients can bring a full supply of birth control pills, hormones, vitamins, etc., provided they are in their original, sealed containers. The Claudia Black Young Adult Center will supply and replenish approved vitamins and supplements at no additional charge.


Your Primary Counselor will evaluate treatment/recovery related reading materials (no outside reading materials are permitted). Please bring personal stationery, an address book, stamps, pens, and notebooks. It is recommended to bring a small amount of cash ($200 or less).

If you currently have any Advance Directives or Living Will, bring a copy for Medical Records.

Sugarless gum (but not sugarless candy) is allowed. You may also bring your own pillow. Alarm clocks are provided by the Claudia Black Young Adult Center.

For those with dietary restrictions, please note that a variety of food choices are available to vegetarians.

Plan to Leave the Following Items at Home

In order to have the most effective and powerful recovery, The Meadows does not allow certain items on campus. If you are packing for a stay at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center, please plan to leave the following items at home, as they are prohibited on campus:

  • Electronic devices, such as cameras, laptop computers, iPods, CD players, electronic games, musical instruments, or anything not related to recovery
  • Novels or magazines
  • Medication not prescribed by a physician
  • Candy (even sugar-free candy), food, and/or beverages
  • Sports equipment
  • Hobby materials
  • T-shirts with suggestive messages (sex, drug, alcohol, etc.)
  • Anything made of Spandex
  • Aerosol spray cans (except for shaving cream)
  • Herbal remedies
  • Chewing tobacco or cigars
  • Large amounts of cash (The Claudia Black Young Adult Center is not responsible for personal items kept in a patient’s possession. A safe is provided upon request.)
  • Pocketknives or tools of any kind
  • Firearms/ammunition
  • Sewing kits
  • Smoking cigarettes is permitted (minors may not smoke) in designated areas only. If you plan to smoke while on campus, please bring enough cigarettes for your estimated length of stay.

Important Information

It is important to remember that all luggage and personal items will be searched upon arrival at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center.

For confidentiality reasons, cell phones/smartphones will not be allowed on campus. If a patient brings a cell phone or camera onto The Meadows property, it will be stored in a locked cabinet in the Medical Services Department until their departure. Patients will be provided the opportunity to make one initial phone call upon admission to verify arrival. There is a three day waiting period after admission before patients are permitted to use the phone. Monitored phone times are designated four times per week with 15-minute limits. There is a TV for use in the peer lounge.

No visitors are allowed for the first Sunday a patient is on campus, or if a patient has been on campus less than seven days. Visiting hours are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays and major holidays.