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Behavioral Health & Psychiatry

Comprehensive behavioral health services available close to home

With the right treatments and strategies, patients can regain control of their behavioral health and get back to feeling empowered.

Our dedicated team includes a variety of healthcare professionals on the treatment team including:

  • Board-certified psychiatrists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Specially trained nurses
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Therapeutic recreational specialists

Inpatient care

Our 60-bed Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit provides compassionate, specialized care to adults in need of short-term hospitalization for crisis intervention, assessment and symptom stabilization. We have several therapeutic units to provide the care patients need to recover and improve their quality of life.

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Outpatient care

Don't fight the silent battle alone. Our experts are here to help those living with mental health or substance use issues that disrupt their daily lives. We have a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive evaluations and individualized care in a variety of settings so that patients may regain control of their behavioral health and return to feeling empowered.

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Referring a patient?

Referrals are accepted from physicians, insurance companies, mental health professionals, family members and individuals. For more information, call 504.702.5700.

Additional services

We offer varying levels of care intensity with services designed to help those in need of outpatient clinic care as well as those in crisis. If you or a loved one are having suicidal thoughts or experiencing a mental health emergency, you should seek help immediately.

Our Behavioral Health services include:

  • Behavioral Health Emergency Room – This 26-bed University Medical Center Behavioral Health Emergency Room (BHER) specializes in proactive, rapid assessment, stabilization, and treatment of patients in crisis. Learn more about our Behavioral Health Emergency Room.
  • Integrated outpatient care – The Integrated Outpatient Care clinics at University Medical Center provide patients with high-quality care for ongoing medical and behavioral health needs.
  • Consultation liaison service – The University Medical Center Consultation and Liaison service provides psychiatric and psychologic care to patients admitted to the ICU, medical and surgical units. Learn more here.
  • Trauma Recovery Clinic - The Trauma Recovery Clinic (TRC) at University Medical Center New Orleans provides behavioral health services to trauma patients and their families. Learn more here.

Community resources

Click here for a list of community resources and outpatient psychiatry programs in and around New Orleans.

Crisis hotlines

If you or someone you know is undergoing a mental health crisis, free resources are available to offer help and counseling.

For free mental health assistance, some available resources are:

  • VIALink – Dial 211 or 1.800.749.2673 for 24/7 information and resources on health services
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Dial 800-273-8255; Deaf/hard of hearing: 800.799.4889 for TTY; En Español: 1.888.628.9454 or chat with a crisis counselor between 1pm – 1 am Monday-Friday.
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