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Adult Inpatient Services

The Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Service at University of Rochester Medical Center specializes in providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary, short-term assessment and treatment of patients dealing with acute psychiatric issues. We do so with a respectful, team-based approach to our patients’ well-being by integrating clinical care, teaching, and research. The goal is to stabilize patients as quickly as possible and develop a discharge plan that best meets the needs of the patient with available and appropriate community resources. We actively involve families/supports and other community care and treatment providers for input.

Patients are admitted primarily from the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Service and also referrals from our medical services units including the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service.

We see patients within the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood Disorders such as Bipolar disorder
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Psychiatric conditions caused by medical illness
  • Schizophrenia spectrum disorders
  • Co-occurring Substance use disorders

Our acute inpatient mental healthcare teams consist of:

  • Attending Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners
  • Psychiatry residents
  • Social workers
  • Psychiatric registered nurses
  • Psychiatric technicians
  • Activities therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)
  • Crisis Specialists
  • Pharmacist

What to Expect

The first step in care is the initial evaluation by a team of mental health professionals which includes an overall assessment of the psychiatric, psychosocial, and medical components of each patient’s health. Utilizing our multidisciplinary team improves our ability to make a thoughtful and informed patient centered treatment plan.

Treatment Plan
The psychiatrist and care team will work with the patient and family/supports to tailor a treatment plan to address each patient’s psychiatric and medical needs. Treatment may include:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Medication management
  • Assessment of co-occurring substance use needs
  • Sensory interventions
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Medical interventions, including consultation with our Medicine in Psychiatry Service team and other medical specialists if needed

Plan for Continuing Care
Our goal is to stabilize the most severe acute symptoms to improve functioning when back in the community. The team works closely with families, mental health care providers, primary care providers, and other outpatient programs involved in the patient’s care.

Psychiatry Education Opportunities

As part of an academic medical center, the Inpatient Psychiatric Service helps educate the next generation of mental health professionals. As such they may be a part of your treatment team. We are a key training site for several multidisciplinary programs: