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The Memorial Health Center for Behavioral Medicine provides compassionate care for mental health and addiction disorders. Our inpatient program is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Mental Health Treatment

The Memorial Health Center for Behavioral Medicine addresses the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of people with mental health disorders. Our goal is to help patients deal with their illness and return to a better life. Our mental health team is led by the patient's attending psychiatrist and includes nurses, psychotherapists, social workers, case managers, recreation therapists, mental health technicians, and other specialists who may be consulted as needed. Daily activities include group and individual therapy, recreation, leisure time, physical fitness activities, nutritious meals, life skills training, and time alone for contemplation and reflection. Patients are encouraged to participate in the full range of program options and are given support and encouragement for their efforts.

Adult Psychiatric Services

The inpatient unit is a program for people age 18 and older who have a primary psychiatric illness that may be coupled with substance abuse issues. The program seeks to stabilize the patient and provide necessary skills to prepare him or her for an optimal level of functioning. The professionals at the Memorial Health Center for Behavioral Medicine provide intensive treatment to help our patients achieve mental, physical, emotional, and social wholeness.

Psychiatric Assessment Team (PAT)

Our psychiatric assessment team consists of experienced registered nurses in the emergency department at Memorial Health University Medical Center and in the Memorial Health Center for Behavioral Medicine. They are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to quickly evaluate, assess, and refer emergency patients in need of psychiatric assistance. The team also provides emotional support for patients and families.


Our 26-bed adult inpatient facility is located on the campus of Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Intensive Outpatient Services

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) welcomes patients who are transitioning from the hospital, their home, or by physician referral. The program provides comprehensive psychiatric care during the day and the patient returns home each afternoon. Sessions are conducted four days a week. The program duration is usually between two and four weeks.

Symptoms and disorders Treated Include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Addictive thinking
  • Trauma
  • Other psychiatric symptoms

Each program provides individual therapy and family education, in order to return clients to their optimal level of functioning. Medication monitoring is an important component of each client’s plan.

Who can benefit from Intensive Outpatient Services?

Individuals 18 years old and older whose emotional health issues have impaired their daily functioning can benefit from Intensive Outpatient Services. Typical problems may include: depression or mood disorders, life trauma, anxiety, relationship problems and grief or loss.

Referrals and Assessments

Referrals may be made by the client, psychiatrist, mental health professional, social service agencies or family members.

Discharge planning and recovery

Aftercare planning is a critical part of the treatment process. The patient, in coordination with the treatment team, will work on a plan to meet his or her long term goals. Our program is developed to enhance self-understanding and responsibility by teaching new coping skills.

Program hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday | 9:00am - 12:00pm