Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Services and Treatments
A recognized leader in psychiatric treatment, the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore Medical Center has been dedicated to healing and recovery for those who are battling mental health disorders and addition issues. We offer uniquely designed inpatient units, outpatient services, comprehensive emergency and crisis programs, psychiatric consultations for hospitalized patients, and full array of addiction treatment programs.
Our Inpatient Psychiatric Services are provided within the general hospital for adult psychiatric patients at two main locations. Klau 2 is a 22-bed inpatient psychiatric unit at the Moses Division and 7 South is a 33-bed inpatient unit at the Wakefield Division. Both units treat patients presenting with a wide range of affective, psychotic and neuropsychiatric disorders. Adult and geriatric patients work with a multi-disciplinary treatment team and participate in individual, family and group therapy sessions. The treatment team – including psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed creative art therapists and nursing staff – works in close collaboration formulate individualized plans for treatment after the patient leaves the hospital. The units are established training locations for Psychiatry Residents, Psychology Interns, Medical Students and Creative Art Therapists. The mission of the inpatient psychiatric units is to provide the highest level of intensive, expeditious and patient focused clinical care.
Outpatient Mental Health Services
Our outpatient mental health services are delivered by licensed clinicians with extensive clinical expertise in all areas of child, adolescent, and adult behavioral health care. These committed professionals include psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors and licensed creative arts therapists. We are available to provide outpatient care for individuals seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, perceptual disturbances and psychosis, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, adjustment disorders, ADHD, and behavioral problems in children. These services include individual and group psychotherapy and medication management. We offer specialized treatment in adolescent eating disorders, early psychosis and geriatric psychiatry. Therapeutic interventions offered include, dialectal behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction. We provide ambulatory services at three convenient locations in the Bronx.
Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services
Montefiore Medical Center offers a range of outpatient substance use treatment programs that can assist individuals to become drug and alcohol free. These comprehensive treatment programs provide medically-assisted treatment, including Methadone, Naltrexone (Vivitrol®) and Buprenorphine (Suboxone®), as well as onsite group and individual counseling, primary medical care, psychiatric treatment, peer support and vocational services. We operate five Opioid Treatment Programs located throughout the Bronx, which provide Methadone, Buprenorphine and other empirically-supported medications to assist individuals struggling with the use of opiates such as heroin and oxycodone. Our four Chemical Dependency Programs provide counseling, psychiatric and medical services for individuals with a range of substance use disorders, including alcohol, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, benzodiazepines, PCP and other drugs of abuse. These programs are appropriate for adults ages 18 or over. In addition, we also offer an adolescent treatment program specially designed to serve the unique needs of individuals between the ages of 14 and 24.
We offer psychiatric consultation services to patients hospitalized for medical, surgical reasons or pediatric care. Our consultants work closely with the patient’s health care team to diagnose and treat psychiatric issues which may arise in the course of medical treatment and to ensure continuity of care for those patients diagnosed with both psychiatric and medical illnesses. Our Addiction Consultation team is available to see hospitalized patients whose treatment may be complicated by substance abuse, while our specialized Transplant Psychiatry consult work with patients pre- and post- transplant. In all cases we are available to facilitate referral for on-going psychiatric care, both inpatients and outpatient.
The department provides comprehensive services for patients who present to the Emergency Rooms at Montefiore Medical Center’s locations. Patients receive compassionate and timely care for acute psychiatric issues, and our teams work in close collaboration with Emergency Room medical staff. Highly trained and specialized staff – including psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers and nursing staff - are available 24 hours per day to provide emergent evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and referral for patients of all ages.