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Behavioral Health Services Overview

SMC’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit is a 26-bed, safe and secure place where people can receive the treatment they need to move beyond their immediate behavorial health or substance abuse crisis.

The new Unit features open and communal space to promote interaction and reduce isolation, and offers areas for group meetings. Our patient-centered behavioral health services include: comprehensive psychiatric assessment and treatment, one-on-one intervention and psychiatric stabilization/medication management.

For general information about the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and additional Behavioral Health Services, call 856-469-8521. For psychiatric emergencies or admittance, call 856-299-3001.

FAQs

How will the community benefit from SMC’s Behavioral Health Services?

The 21,000-square-foot voluntary Unit is a great mental health resource for our community. While there are numerous reasons why a person might need care in an inpatient psychiatric setting, generally people are admitted because their symptoms are serious and unstable, often requiring supervision in a safe environment.

This setting provides a safe, secure place where individuals with behavioral health issues can receive compassionate treatment to move beyond the immediate crisis. The new Unit features open and communal space to promote interaction and reduce isolation, and offers areas for group meetings. Our patient-centered behavioral health services include: Comprehensive psychiatric assessment and treatment, one-on-one intervention and psychiatric stabilization/medication management.

The opening of the Unit was highly anticipated by community leaders such as law enforcement, local government officials, and health/behavioral health professionals. The Unit connects individuals to much-needed professional mental health support and services in a safe environment.

Why would a patient need Behavioral Health Services?

There are many reasons why a person may need care in an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. In general, people are admitted because their symptoms are serious or unstable. They often need a setting to help forget about the distractions of life, allowing them to focus on physical and psychological healing.

The main goal of the Unit is to provide a safe, secure place where people can receive treatment to move beyond the immediate crisis.

What types of mental health conditions are treated?

Our team works to diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental health conditions from depression to acute mood and anxiety disorders to post traumatic stress disorder. Inpatient care is the most intensive level of treatment for individuals suffering from behavioral health disorders. It offers 24-hour care in a safe and secure environment, making it best for patients who experience an acute episode.

What is the makeup of the clinical team?

The Unit has a fully supported, multidisciplinary treatment team, including representation from psychiatry, nursing, mental health therapists, rehabilitation therapists, social work, and case management.

What is SMC’s background in the behavioral health field?

Since the early 1980s, SMC has served as the county’s designated psychiatric screening site. This screening is often the first step when dealing with psychiatric emergencies. The opening of the Unit provides the next step in the continuum of care.

In addition to the Inpatient Unit, are there other behavioral health services offered?

Yes. We are partnering with Legacy Treatment Services to provide outpatient behavioral health services on the grounds of Salem Medical Center. Legacy operates outpatient care to ensure continuity of care for individuals being discharged from the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, as well as an outpatient resource to meet the needs of the community.

Effectively all insurance contracts prior to the transition to Salem Medical Center on February 1, 2019, are currently active and in full force.
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