Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Services and Treatments
A recognized leader in psychiatric treatment, the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center helps patients overcome a wide range of substance abuse and behavioral disorders through our uniquely designed inpatient and outpatient services and treatments. We have a comprehensive emergency and crisis program, one of the most advanced neuropsychiatric service centers, and an exceptional recovery plan for those with a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. Plus our psychiatric consultation services are available to patients around the clock for both hospitalized or outpatient needs.
Our inpatient program focuses on patients who require complex psychiatric evaluations and stabilization of their symptoms. Patients are admitted to our 22-bed unit to relieve the effects of various disorders such as: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder to name just a few. Treatments may include: psychopharmacological interventions and management, crisis-oriented family and group therapy, augmentation, phototherapy, and Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) for treatment resistant depression.
For individuals 14 years of age and older who are experiencing psychiatric or behavioral problems related to neurological illnesses, we conduct a complete workup at our neuropsychiatric center which may include: MRI, EEG, CAT scan, and/or other neuropsychological tests to assess each patient's condition.
The outpatient services are for those who have achieved some stability, but still require additional therapy for psychiatric symptoms. Our specialty outpatient programs include treatment for: a full range of alcohol or other substance abuse, cognitive behavioral disorders (i.e. panic issues, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, and post-traumatic stress), memory disorders, anxiety and depression, schizophrenia, and adolescent suicide and depression. Treatments within our Substance Abuse Program may include: methadone maintenance, detoxification (inpatient and outpatient service), relapse prevention and rehabilitation. For those with a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders, treatment may entail: crisis intervention, rehabilitation, and social development orientations to help patients control triggers so they may achieve their goals.
Our Anxiety and Depression Clinic is staffed by clinicians noted for their research and teaching in the field. After a thorough medical and diagnostic evaluation, patients may be treated with medication and/or cognitive behavioral psychotherapy or another customized solution appropriate for a specific disorder.
The Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program is specifically designed for depressed and suicidal adolescents aged 12 through 20 years and their families. This unique program offers a thorough evaluation, brief treatment, family and group therapy, and psychopharmacological intervention. While it is intended for a three-month implementation period, we also provide an aftercare program available for longer-term treatment.
We offer psychiatric consultation services 24/7 to patients hospitalized for pediatric, medical, or surgical reasons and to outpatients. Our consultants closely interact with surgeons, nurses, and physicians to reduce psychiatric problems associated with patients' admission to the hospital and create a more comfortable environment for them.
Neuropsychological Assessment Service
The Neuropsychology Assessment Service (NAS) is an outpatient program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The service evaluates patients with a wide variety of psychiatric, neurologic, and other medical conditions affecting cognition. The NAS provides comprehensive assessment of cognitive functioning using standardized tests. The evaluation includes assessment of intellectual abilities, language, attention, memory, problem-solving, planning/organization, visuospatial/constructional functions and sometimes emotional/psychological functioning. Inpatient evaluations can also be arranged, if indicated. Referrals for neuropsychological evaluation may be arranged by physicians, other health care professionals, the prospective patient or family members. To make a referral or for additional questions, please contact Dr. Nicole Feirsen at (718) 653-4859 x 227.