Inpatient Care

Inpatient Treatment Overview

The Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network offers comprehensive inpatient services for clients of all ages. Inpatient treatment is appropriate for clients with severe, disruptive psychiatric illness and chemical dependency; concurrent medical and psychiatric illness; severe anxiety states after traumatic experience; those who pose a threat to themselves or others; or whose condition or illness has not responded to outpatient treatment.

Throughout the Network, specific clinical tracks meet the treatment goals and issues of particular age groups and conditions. Adult, child/adolescent and geriatric psychiatric and substance abuse inpatient treatment services are provided at various sites.

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Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Services

Inpatient Adult Psychiatric Services

Barnabas Behavioral Health Network offers both voluntary and involuntary inpatient units and intensive short-term care facilities which treat the most severely ill clients. Specialized treatment tracks are in place throughout the Network for MICA clients as well as other dually diagnosed clients.

Clients may access inpatient services through emergency services at numerous Network sites, through Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network 24-hour Access Center staffed by clinicians trained in emergency response, or through professional referral.

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Children and Adolescent Inpatient Services

Inpatient Children's Psychiatric Services

Children's Crisis Intervention Services (CCIS) are provided at two Network Facilities. The CCIS staff offers families and clients the unique support and clinical expertise necessary to effectively treat children and adolescents in severe crisis. CCIS treats children and adolescents suffering from:

  • Depressive disorders with self-endangering acts
  • Impairment in judgment and reality orientation
  • Impulsivity and loss of control
  • Severe anxiety states following physical and sexual abuse
  • Severe attention deficit disorder with impairment in social and school adjustment
  • Chronic withdrawal and inability to relate to others
  • Severe temper tantrums with danger to self or others

Children's Crisis Intervention Services reduce the severity of symptoms and stabilize young clients so they may move to the next appropriate level of care. Therapeutic recreation, exercise, creative arts, educational therapies and daily living activities are provided along with medication monitoring and individual, group or family counseling. For adolescents with dual diagnosis, or those with significant psychiatric or behavioral issues, specialized clinical tracks outside of CCIS are also available.

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Geriatric Inpatient Services

Inpatient Geriatric Services

The treatment and evaluation of senior adults requires specialized skills and careful attention to treating emotional disorders within the context of co-existing medical illness. Clinical tracks at various SBBHN sites are designed to meet the unique needs of older adults who suffer from all psychiatric disorders including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Pseudodementia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Organic brain syndromes
  • Paranoids reactions
  • Alzheimer's disease

Treatment is directed by board-certified psychiatrists specializing in geriatrics and is delivered by treatment teams which include geropsychiatric nurses, allied clinical therapists, licensed clinical social workers and other professionals who specialize in the needs of the geropsychiatric client.

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Treatment Planning & Discharge Planning

Treatment Planning and Discharge Planning

The goal of inpatient treatment is to stabilize and manage acute symptoms of psychiatric illness and addiction and to provide a strong foundation for the next appropriate level of care. Hospitalization should be as brief and least restrictive as is consistent with effective treatment. Throughout the Network, inpatient admission, continued stay and discharge are based on the needs of each client.

For clients of all ages, treatment planning is based on a complete biopsychosocial assessment to identify a client's overall health, developmental needs, emotional issues and support systems. Early involvement of family and significant others is a key component of care. All multidisciplinary treatment teams are led by a board-certified psychiatrist who sees clients daily and coordinates all aspects of care.

Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network continuum of care allows clients in the acute care setting to move to less restrictive levels of care while maintaining continuity of treatment. The smooth transition occurs as a result of Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network's vast resources and careful discharge planning. Aftercare is fully coordinated by a Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Network case worker who works with referring professionals, social service agencies, and other community supports to ensure appropriate transitions and continued progress.

Our case workers maintain a close relationship with community mental health agencies, social services agencies and other resources which are critical to successful community living for the chronically mentally ill.

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