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

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 is to achieve rapid symptom improvement and 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. Treatment team members 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 evaluation of patients' physical, psychological and social issues
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Crisis-oriented intensive family and individual therapy
  • Structured group therapy using 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 

Dual Diagnosis and Detoxification Inpatient Program

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

Program staff include 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 beginning rehabilitation. Treatment team members integrate biological, relapse prevention and life skills with 12-step recovery, crisis intervention and social development to help patients in achieve their goals. A key program component is helping patients learn new and more effective ways to handle various behavioral and environmental triggers.

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

  • Comprehensive assessment of physical, psychosocial and social issues
  • Medication 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 to teach relapse-prevention skills
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (when indicated)
  • Discharge planning and collaboration with patients' outpatient treaters, families and community agencies