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Mental health

When you're dealing with a mental health issue—including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia—Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center can help. In our Mental Health Center, we provide both inpatient and outpatient care for mental health issues.

Our inpatient psychiatric hospital

We operate a 28-bed, acute-care inpatient psychiatric unit that has been certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health. We are authorized to accept voluntary, involuntary and emergency adult admissions.

When you arrive and are admitted to the psychiatric hospital, our treatment team will evaluate your:

  • Family involvement.
  • History.
  • Mental health.
  • Physical health.

We will also perform a nursing assessment and determine if you have worked with anyone in the community in order to address your mental illness issue.

We can use that information to create a treatment program, and you will be assigned a team to help you get better.

Your inpatient psychiatry team

Our goal is to assist each individual in returning to the community as soon as possible with increased self-confidence and coping abilities. We have a multidisciplinary treatment team that works hard to ensure that every patient meets that goal.

You will have a personalized psychiatry team that includes:

  • A personal psychiatrist who focuses on diagnosing mental illness, medication management, treatment planning and discharge planning.
  • A treatment coordinator who is a registered social worker or registered nurse. The treatment coordinator conducts individual and group therapy and ensures that you receive the services you need from admission to discharge.
  • A psychoeducational coordinator who provides you with opportunities to explore your potential through social, physical, educational and creative outlets. These include a full range of education programs, as well as exercise classes, arts and crafts opportunities, stress management training and relaxation training.
  • Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and mental health workers who are available 24 hours a day to assist patients.

Our outpatient mental health services

In addition to inpatient mental healthcare, we also offer outpatient psychiatric services. This means we can connect you with a psychiatrist for routine mental health appointments. We can also offer you outpatient electroconvulsive therapy, if your doctor recommends that therapy.

Improving your mental health

Treatment begins with a referral. A psychiatrist, primary care physician, social worker, teacher or law enforcement officer might suggest that you come to us for care, or you might get a more informal referral from your family members and friends. You can also refer yourself.

Mental health services are covered by most medical insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. We will not deny access to services based on inability to pay.