Specialized Psychiatric Services

Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital provides a full spectrum of innovative and advanced specialized services.

Interventional Psychiatric Services (IPS)

The Interventional Psychiatry Service represents the combination of clinical and research efforts in the Department of Psychiatry over the previous two decades. These efforts include clinical care, research and teaching in electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), vagal nerve stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation and ketamine infusion therapy. Currently we offer electro-convulsive therapy and ketamine infusion therapy with plans to introduce transcranial magnetic stimulation in the near future. 

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital provides Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, for patients diagnosed with severe depression and certain other mental disorders, including bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder. The procedure involves inducing a brief seizure by giving electrical stimulation to the brain of the patient through electrodes placed on the scalp. It is sometimes referred to as electroshock therapy. ECT is a safe and effective treatment. It is administered by our team of specially trained psychiatrists, registered nurses and anesthesiologists in accordance with standards of Electroconvulsive Therapy Practice developed by the American Psychiatric Association. ECT policies and procedures are consistent with Connecticut General Statutes and with Yale-New Haven Hospital standards of care.

Psychological Medicine Services

Our Psychological Medicine Services include an Inpatient Consultation Serviceand specialized services for patients receiving medical and surgical services at Yale-New Haven Hospital who also have significant psychiatric illnesses.

The Psychiatric Inpatient Consultation Service provides psychiatric consultation to patients admitted to other areas throughout Yale-New Haven Hospital, — including internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and other clinical services — who are experiencing significant psychiatric symptoms or problems. We offer a range of services, including psychiatric evaluation, collaboration with medical specialists and arrangement for follow-up behavioral healthcare when needed.

We also provide psychiatric services within Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center, the Nathan Smith Clinic (for AIDS and HIV-related illnesses) and the Primary Care Center. A psychiatrist and other mental health professionals work with medical/surgical physicians and staff to provide diagnosis and brief treatments for patients with both significant medical illness and psychiatric symptoms.

Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU)

The Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) in Yale-New Haven Hospital's Emergency Department provides rapid psychiatric assessment, treatment and referrals for adults experiencing a psychiatric emergency with severe symptoms that are difficult to control. (Children and adolescents under age 16 who are in immediate danger — particularly those who may harm themselves or others — are evaluated in the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital Emergency Department.)