In psychiatric rehabilitation, out-patient care is emphasized instead of hospital treatment. In Tampere, there are two day hospitals, which provide intensive psychiatric out-patient care for the adult residents of Tampere.
Day hospital 1 offers intensive psychiatric out-patient care for the adults suffering from mood disorders or other psychiatric disorders. The average treatment period is four weeks.
Day hospital 3 offers rehabilitation for the 18–30-year-old young adults who have severe mental disorders. The treatment period is from 1 to 3 months.
Patients come to the day hospitals with a doctor’s referral, for instance, from health centre, occupational health care, or a private or psychiatric outpatient clinic. Once the referral has been received, the patient is informed about the date of the appointment for the assessment interview by a letter or a phone call.