What to Bring

Helpful hints for your admission

What to Pack

Items Needed Upon 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 days, and cool evening temperatures. We recommend that you bring casual, comfortable clothing that is fairly conservative in style. (Think function over fashion.)

This includes:

  • Jeans/pants
  • Sweats/workout clothing (no tank tops or sleeveless shirts)
  • Shorts (knee-length when seated), skorts, skirts, dresses
  • Leggings (if worn with shirts that extend to mid-thigh)
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Robe
  • Comfortable tennis or walking shoes, rugged sandals, boots (no flip-flops, strappy sandals, platform shoes, or high heels)
  • T-Shirts, polo shirts, collared shirts (no tank tops or sleeveless shirts)
  • Bathing suits (seasonal only, so confirm with Admissions if the pool will be open during your stay. If so, one-piece suits are required for women and trunks for men)
  • For recreational activities, knee-length shorts and one-piece bathing suits can be worn in recreational areas such as the fitness center, pool, volleyball, and basketball courts.


There is a limited amount of personal toiletry items available for purchase in the Bookstore on campus. All personal toiletries brought to The Claudia Black Center must be in their original containers. Non-alcoholic mouthwash is allowed. While emery boards are preferred, nail files or small clippers are permitted but must be stored in the nurse’s office and checked out at appropriate times. Patients may bring their own electric/battery-operated razors. Disposable or safety razors are permitted with psychiatrist approval but will be held by the Medical Services’ staff when not in use.


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 also recommended to bring a credit card and/or debit card and a small amount of cash ($200 or less) for miscellaneous purchases.

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 accommodate a vegetarian diet.

You are welcome to bring personal pictures of family, friends, pets, etc.


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 or with a potential for abuse or dependency will be destroyed upon arrival. 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 we will refill all prescriptions as needed. The Claudia Black Center will supply and replenish approved and non–specialty vitamins and supplements at no additional charge. Patients can bring a full supply of birth control pills, hormones, vitamins, etc., provided they are in their original, sealed containers. Approved specialty medications can be expensive and difficult to obtain and are not covered with a patient’s stay.

Prescription Pills

What to Leave at Home

In order to have the most effective and powerful recovery, the Claudia Black Young Adult Center doesn’t allow certain items on campus. If you are packing for a stay with us, 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
  • Fitbits and smart watches
  • 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 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.
  • Printers are not available for patient use, so please bring any personal pictures of family, friends, pets, etc. with you

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 or smartphones will not be allowed on campus. If a patient brings a cell phone or camera, 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 a 15-minute limit.

There is a TV for use in the peer lounge.

Due to the COVID outbreak, we have restrictions in place in accordance with CDC guidelines. That means we have currently suspended in-person Family Week programming and family visitation on our campuses. But we recognize that family participation is important, and a member of the clinical team will reach out to you after your loved one admits to discuss options for family work. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to keep everyone safe and healthy.