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What to Bring

What to Bring

All Copper Hills Youth Center employees and students have a right to a safe and healthy treatment environment, free from fear that dangerous or potentially dangerous items are available in the environment. Contraband items are prohibited at Copper Hills. Controlled items are allowed but must be controlled and accounted for by unit staff. In the event that illegal contraband is discovered, the appropriate authorities will be notified. All contraband will be removed from the facility; items of value will be mailed to student’s guardian.

In an effort to create a safe and healthy environment for students and staff, the contraband and controlled items list has been reviewed and revised. As part of that list, we have divided items into five categories. The intent of this list is to create clarification about what items are allowed in the building and in what areas of the building they are allowed. It would not be possible to list every item that should be on this list. Copper Hills expects their employees to be safety minded and remove any potential hazards from the building or patient care areas.

Category 1 is considered contraband.

1. These items are never allowed in the building.

Categories 2–5 are controlled items.

2. Staff-Handled Only—Items that staff may use/handle, but students may not. These items are stored out of Patient Care Areas when not in use.

3. Check-Out/Check-In—Items that may be used in Patient Care Areas but stored in sharps rooms or other locked areas. Students may check these items out from staff and must return them to staff immediately after use. Use of some of these items may be based on student’s phase.

4. Non-Patient Care Areas—These items may be used by staff or students but may not be in patients’ living areas. Patient Care Areas include sharps rooms, unit day lounges, hallways, and bedrooms.

5. Direct Supervision—Some items are appropriate for student use, but require continuous supervision. Students may use these items with a staff member watching them the entire time and then returning the item to a Non-Patient Care Area.

  • Bleach cleaning wipes
  • Barrettes
  • Bobby/hair pins
  • Hair bands (unbreakable)
  • Hair clips (all types)
  • Headbands
  • Scrunchies
  • Metal hair comb/brush/pick
  • Eyebrow liner sharpeners
  • Eyeliner pencils
  • Loofa
  • Metal nail file
  • Personal mirrors including compacts
  • Shaving lotions/creams/caustic liquids
  • Twistable chap sticks
  • Mouthwash, perfume, cologne, body spray with alcohol as 1 of the first 3 ingredients
  • Hair weaves
  • Acrylic Nails
  • Bristle Hairbrushes
  • Compressed cans/Aerosol
  • Body piercing jewelry—metal, wood, or hard plastic
  • Rings
  • Bracelets that are not rubber
  • Necklaces
  • Watches
  • Ties or drawstrings
  • Attached metal studding or beads
  • Bikinis
  • Bras with underwire, clips, or metal (sports bras only)
  • Clothing that displays or implies substance abuse, vulgarity/swearing, deviant or sexual
  • behavior, gang, violent or inappropriate message, or occult worship
  • Handkerchiefs/do-rags
  • Bandanas
  • Heavy-soled, steel-toe shoes or shoes with heels
  • Nylons, tights, leggings, knee socks
  • Compression Clothing
  • Hoodies
  • Scarves
  • Spaghetti strap tank tops
  • Thong/G-string underwear
  • Tight or revealing clothing (anything that shows cleavage, midriff, or buttocks)
  • Hand-held sharpeners
  • Toxic glue
  • Rubber bands
  • Colored pencils
  • Boondoggle
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Magnets
  • Afghans, crocheted blankets, throws, non-fire retardant blankets
  • Crocheted or knitted items
  • Crochet hooks, craft needles
  • Books with inappropriate violent or sexual content or drug references
  • Personal sports equipment i.e. roller skates, bikes, skateboards, etc.
  • Personal electronics (iPod’s, cell phones, mp3, gaming systems, headphones)
  • Personal CDs, DVDs, and video games
  • Remote control cars
  • Personal magazines
  • Aluminum/metal cans (including soda cans)
  • Tobacco products
  • Firearms and/or ammunition
  • Glass items
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Knives
  • Safety razors, razor blades, straight razors
  • Undocumented drugs or supplements (including over-the-counter medications)
  • Suckers/popsicles (anything with sticks
  • Yarn, ribbon or string over 6”
  • Shoelaces
  • Wire
  • Tin Containers
  • Small Bluetooth Speakers
  • Food in bedrooms
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Belts
  • Ring Binders
  • Skirts/Dresses
  • Tennis Balls/Handballs/Rubber Bouncy Balls
  • Balls that light up
  • Homemade food items
  • Orbeez
  • Polymer items/toys
  • Flip Flops (Slides are okay)

Items that staff may use/handle, but students may not. These items are stored out of Patient Care Areas when not in use.

  • Facility-approved cleaning supplies
  • Air freshener in a plastic pump container
  • Foot powders
  • Q-tips (for medical purposes by nursing staff only)
  • Hair dye (for use by a CHYC-contracted and licensed cosmetologist)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Clipboards
  • Toxic, sharpie, or any non- washable non-toxic markers
  • Pens
  • Electronic equipment
  • Lighters/matches (for smudging only)
  • Medical supplies in metal containers (for nurse’s storage and use only)

Items that may be used in Patient Care Areas but stored in sharps rooms or other locked areas. Students may check these items out from staff and must return them to staff immediately after use. Use of some of these items may be based on student’s phase.

  • Non-bleach cleaning wipes
  • All allowed hygiene items
  • All allowed makeup (retractable eyeliner allowed)
  • Hair Brush
  • Curling iron, flat iron, crimp iron, blow dryer
  • Electric razor
  • Hair gel
  • Face wash
  • Lotion
  • Mouth wash
  • Plastic comb
  • Soap, body wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss less than 6” (to be stored in the nurses station and thrown away in front of staff )
  • Hair chalk
  • Hats or beanies (worn outside of the building only)
  • Sunglasses (worn outside of the building only)
  • Heavy winter coats
  • Bendy pens and bendy pencils
  • Crayons
  • Envelopes (obtained and returned to therapists)
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Washable, non-toxic markers
  • Oil pastels
  • Paint brushes
  • Non-toxic paint
  • Pencils—school classes only
  • Magazines for activities
  • Unit mp3 player (no headphones)
  • Games with small pieces
  • Personal plastic storage containers
  • Smudging materials
  • Food outside of the cafeteria (stored in Non-Patient Care Areas)
  • Legos

These items may be used by staff or students but may not be in patients’ living areas. Patient Care Areas include sharps rooms, unit day lounges, hallways, and bedrooms.

  • Nail polish and nail polish remover (to be used in therapist office only)
  • Perfume, cologne (to be used and stored in therapist’s office only)
  • Rosary beads, crosses, medicine bags and dream catchers (therapist’s office only)
  • Binder clips
  • Paperclips
  • Regular scissors
  • Staples
  • Pens and pencils for special use by students (treatment plan signing, academic testing)
  • Students’ personal musical instruments (therapist’s office only)
  • Employees’ legal personal medications or supplements
  • Employees’ tobacco products
  • Employees’ lighters or matches
  • Money

Some items are appropriate for student use, but require continuous supervision. Students may use these items with a staff member watching them the entire time and then returning the item to a Non-Patient Care Area.

  • Tweezers and nail clippers (to be stored in the nursing station)
  • Non-metal nail file
  • Safety craft scissors

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