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Adult Psychiatric Care

Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital offers comprehensive services for adults, through the General Adult Inpatient Program and the Dual Diagnosis and Detoxification Inpatient Program.

Adult Psychiatric Care

 

General Adult Inpatient Program

The General Adult Inpatient Program treats patients with a variety of disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders including schizophrenia, anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other serious psychiatric conditions. This brief, acute program provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment to stabilize psychiatric symptoms. Crisis intervention and individualized, structured treatment are provided to patients in need of an intensive and safe setting. The goal of care is to achieve rapid symptom improvement and to develop aftercare plans for continued progress after discharge. Patients are typically followed by a psychiatrist, social worker and nurse, along with unit-based milieu counselors, recreational/occupational therapists and patient care associates. Members of the treatment team work together to integrate biological, family systems, psychosocial and life skills approaches in treating the individual as a whole.

Clinical services provided by our Adult Inpatient Program may include:

  • Comprehensive and multidisciplinary biopsychosocial evaluation
  • Psychopharmacologic evaluation and management
  • Crisis-oriented intensive family and individual therapy
  • Structured group therapy utilizing cognitive-behavioral approaches to symptom management and coping skills
  • Psychoeducational groups focused on understanding psychiatric disorders, medications and recovery
  • Occupational therapy interventions to promote independence
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (when indicated)
  • Discharge planning and collaboration with patients' outpatient treaters, families and community agencies to facilitate an integrated approach and to establish comprehensive transition plans that promote patients' optimal functioning

Dual Diagnosis and Detoxification Inpatient Program

Our Dual Diagnosis and Detoxification Inpatient Program is designed for patients with dual diagnoses of both substance-abuse disorders and psychiatric illness. Our clinical approach addresses the interaction of the substance abuse and the psychiatric illness, recognizing the wide range of capacities of each patient and utilizing creative and flexible interventions to achieve individualized treatment goals. Inpatient detoxification is also provided for patients who require detoxification from substances.

The program utilizes the skills of a multidisciplinary staff of psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, therapeutic recreational specialists, milieu counselors and patient care associates. Emphasis is on assessment, brief treatments, clinical case management and the initiation of rehabilitation. Members of the treatment team integrate biological, relapse prevention and life skills with 12-step recovery, crisis intervention and social development to support patients in achieving their goals. A critical function of the program is helping patients learn new and more effective ways to handle various behavioral and environmental triggers.

Clinical services provided by our Dual Diagnosis Program may include (with a focus on co-occurring mental and substance-use illnesses):

  • Comprehensive and multidisciplinary biopsychosocial evaluation
  • Psychopharmacologic evaluation and management
  • Detoxification from substances
  • Crisis-oriented intensive family and individual therapy
  • Psychoeducational groups focused on changing problematic behaviors and to teach patients about their psychiatric disorders, addictive behaviors, health concerns and risks, and prescribed medications
  • Activities that support recovery (12-step meetings, religious services or supports)
  • Psychosocial and occupational therapy promoting the teaching of relapse-prevention skills
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (when indicated)
  • Discharge planning and collaboration with patients' outpatient treaters, families and community agencies to facilitate an integrated approach and to establish comprehensive transition plans that promote patients' optimal functioning

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