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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Psychiatric Evaluation &
Treatment Programs 

Beverly Hospital
85 Herrick Street
Beverly, MA   01915
978 922-3000, ext. 2801


The Mental Health Service Programs of Beverly Hospital provide diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders, as well as services to patients with coexisting substance abuse and mental health disorders. The goal of treatment is to restore patients' coping skills by involving each patient in an individualized program, which meets his or her strengths and weaknesses. 

The Treatment Team

Our professional staff includes psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses, mental health counselors, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists and a certified alcohol counselor. The multi-disciplinary team is actively involved in the assessment, treatment and aftercare planning for each patient. Patients also have an active role in their individual treatment planning and aftercare. In addition, the patient's primary care physician and community-based providers are also encouraged to participate in all phases of the patient's program.  The Mental Health Service Programs include inpatient as well as outpatient care, which are described here. 

Observation Bed Level of Care

Upon acceptance into the program, the patient's psychiatric and medical needs are immediately evaluated by a multi-discipline treatment team composed of psychiatrists, nurses, social worker and occupational therapist. Consulting psychologists, neurologists, and the Primary Care Physician are involved as required. In addition, the patient is provided the full range of inpatient milieu services offered to all patients on the Inpatient Unit. 

Length Of Stay

The length of stay is up to twenty-three (23) hours. 

Admission Criteria

Patients are accepted into the Observation Bed Level of Care to further assist in determining their diagnosis, level of functioning, treatment needs and continued care needs. Patients are admitted for up to a twenty-three (23) hour period of time at the end of which recommendations are made to the patient, family, providers and managed care entities as to the next level of care and treatment required to best meet the patient's needs. 

Admission to the Hospital

Admission services are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. An admission clinician handles inquiries and referrals. Most major insurance plans cover the cost of hospitalization. Please call the admission clinician on the Leland Unit for additional information and referral at 978 922-3000, ext. 2801. 

Secure Adult In-Patient Program

The Leland Unit offers a wide range of treatment including individual, groups, family and milieu therapies. While the milieu is modified to meet individual patient needs, all patients are expected to actively participate in setting up their treatment plan and aftercare. Medication is used to counter the symptoms of major mental illness and to allow the patient to attend to other modalities of treatment. The Unit offers specialized services to geriatric patients with psychiatric needs, as well as, to patients who are experiencing both medical (non-acute) complications in conjunction with their psychiatric symptoms. 

Treatment Approach

The Unit focuses on short-term treatment evaluation of patients with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses. Patients receive a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation from a variety of disciplines: psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, physical therapists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, and nurses participate in daily treatment planning meetings. The focus of treatment is on rehabilitating patients to their highest level of functioning through a comprehensive approach to patient care. 

Length Of Stay

Usually 5 to 8 days. 

Admission Criteria

We accept voluntary and involuntary patients. We encourage patients to admit themselves on conditional voluntary status and we emphasize a collaborative approach to treatment. Patients must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  

Partial Hospitalization Program

The Leland Unit's Partial Hospitalization Program provides care for patients over the age of 18, who are diagnosed with psychiatric or dual diagnosis disorders. Available seven days a week, the program is short term in focus with the goal to restore the patient's coping skills utilizing groups and individual therapies. The Program may be used for crisis stabilization to divert inpatient admissions, or as a less restrictive level of care in transition of patients from the Hospital back to the community. Social workers, case managers, nurses and psychiatrists provide partial Hospitalization treatment. Case management, discharge and after care planning is routinely provided to all Partial Hospitalization patients. 

Length Of Stay

The length of stay is determined on a case-by-case basis, but the average patient is in the program for approximately two weeks. 

Admission Criteria

The patient must meet the following criteria: 

  • Must not be actively suicidal and have the ability for self control.
  • Must be able to maintain safety at home overnight/weekends and at other times they are not in the program.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must have psychiatric diagnosis or co-existing disorder involving substance abuse and psychiatric issues. 

Admission To The Partial Hospitalization Program

Referrals or requests for services may be made Monday through Friday by calling the Partial Hospitalization Program at 978 922-3000, ext. 2812. Please ask to speak with the Partial Hospitalization Program Coordinator. 

Electroconvulsant Therapy Indications

Psychotic depression, treatment resistant depression, medication intolerance, catatonia or mania. 

Course of Treatment

A series of 6 - 12 treatments, which are administered under general anesthesia in the Recovery Room, is usually required. This occurs over a 2 - 4 week period, usually every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 a.m. 

Outpatient Electroconvulsant Therapy

Patients may have a series of outpatient treatments if he or she is in excellent physical health or has begun Electroconvulsant Therapy on an inpatient unit and is deemed able to continue on an outpatient basis. Patients are admitted to the Medical Day Care Unit and transported to the recovery room for treatments. The patient can be discharged when medically stable, usually by 11:30 a.m. 

In-Patient Electroconvulsant Therapy

Patients are admitted a few days prior to the scheduled treatment for the necessary medical assessment and testing, which includes a chest x-ray, EKG, laboratory tests and, if required, a neurological exam. 

Admission Information

Please call the admission clinician on the Leland Unit for additional information and referral at 978 922-3000, ext. 2801. 

Substance Abuse Program

The Substance Abuse Program offers a range of interventions focused on educating the patient about substance abuse and offers counseling and support around keeping free of substances. Each patient is expected to attend all Substance Abuse Education groups, as well as attend AA meetings held within the hospital. The focus of the groups is to support and confront each other and to clarify their thoughts and feelings about their substance abuse. 

Assessment

All patients receive a thorough medical and psychiatric assessment by a psychiatrist, and substance abuse assessment by a master's level Certified Alcohol Counselor/Clinician. 

Aftercare

Each patient is evaluated for an appropriate aftercare plan including: individual, group therapy, day treatment, evening treatment and residential services. The patient is discharged from the hospital with an appointment scheduled at the appropriate service. 

Admission Criteria

Criteria includes the need for medically supervised detoxification or a dual diagnosis of a major psychiatric illness and substance abuse. 

Admission To The Hospital

For additional information or to refer a patient, please call the Beverly Hospital Leland Unit at 978 922-3000, ext. 2801.