Mental Health Clinics in the Bronx
The Adult Inpatient Service is comprised of two designated units with a total of 49 beds. The staffing of this service includes four full-time psychiatrists, two full-time clinical psychologists, one full-time physician assistant, three full-time social workers, three full-time activity therapists and a complement of nursing staff.
Upon admission to the Psychiatric Service, each patient is assigned a treatment team consisting of a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, primary nurse, and activity therapist. This team oversees every aspect of patient care and, in collaboration with the patient themselves, assumes responsibility for developing an individualized treatment plan. The plan is formally reviewed and revised as goals are met.
A psychiatrist evaluates all patients and prescribes medication. All patients are evaluated medically and any medical issues are addressed.
Patients are also provided with group and milieu therapies. Groups typically focus on helping patients cope with their illness, and assisting them in reducing their potential for relapse. Patients may receive individual psychotherapy as appropriate.
The discharge planning process is an important aspect of treatment, and is begun as soon as a patient is admitted to the psychiatric service. We involve each discipline in this process. The primary goal of discharge planning is the development of a safe and appropriate discharge plan that maximizes the individual’s ability to function as independently as possible in the community and reduce the patient’s potential for relapse. This goal is accomplished by ensuring that each patient is referred for appropriate follow-up and aftercare services to help them cope with their illness and life stressors. For many of our patients, these services are provided by SBH Behavioral Health.