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Adult Inpatient Services

Our Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Service serves patients ages 18 and up who have symptoms of serious psychiatric illness or disorder requiring a safe and therapeutic environment during evaluation and treatment. The service consists of three separate units, including one that is specifically designed to meet the needs of patients ages 60 and over, as well as units that specialize in treating adults with co-occurring disorders for both mental illness and drug or alcohol abuse. Admissions to the inpatient service generally occur on an emergency basis.

We use a team-based approach for the evaluation and treatment of each patient, actively involving families and other care and treatment providers. Our acute inpatient mental healthcare teams consist of:

  • A psychiatrist
  • A psychiatric nurse practitioner or resident
  • A psychiatric social worker
  • Psychiatric registered nurses
  • Psychiatric technicians
  • Activities therapists

Discharge planning begins immediately after admission to prepare each patient and family to move to a less restrictive level of care as soon as it is clinically safe to do so.

Inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry (IMIP) Unit 19200


Established in 2010, the Inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry Unit (unit 19200) is one of a select few of its kind in the country. This unique unit offers high-quality, comprehensive and compassionate care for patients with acute medical and surgical conditions who also have mental health needs, including:

  • Individuals with acute psychiatric symptoms, psychosis, cognitive dysfunction or delirium, or those who are at risk for suicide

About Our Staff

The IMIPs is staffed by an interdisciplinary team, including:

  • Physicians who are board certified in internal medicine, family medicine, addiction medicine and geriatrics
  • Nurse practitioners with trained in critical care and family medicine
  • Social workers experienced in helping patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs
  • Nurses with training in medicine, as well as behavioral health

Our unit offers a team-based approach to complex care. Healthcare providers make patient rounds and take part in a daily interdisciplinary meeting. The goal of this meeting is to address each patient from a biopsychosocial perspective. Providers discuss patient’s mental health needs while on the unit, and determine how best to prepare patients for discharge. Emphasis is placed on discussing risks and benefits of treatment options, challenges that may interfere with progress, and follow-up care. Individuals who part of the unit’s primary care affiliate, the Medicine in Psychiatry Clinic, receive support from a transition care manager. 

IMIPs is not set up as a detoxification unit and does not manage re-feeding for patients with eating disorders.

Information for MIPS Patients

Individuals who are patients in the Medicine in Psychiatry (MIPS) outpatient clinic have first priority for admission to IMIPs. After MIPS patients, those with complex psychiatric or behavioral needs, in addition to an acute medical illness, are the next highest priority.

Innovation on the IMIPs unit

IMIPs is a venue for continuous quality improvement with a dedicated leadership team focused on developing innovative services for managing complexity in the health care system. To read more about how IMIPs is involved in some of these efforts please visit the LISCN lab.  In more recent news, read our recent publication in Psychiatry Services publication here.