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Mental health and wellness

Mental health is just as important as physical health, encompassing a person's emotional, psychological and social well-being. With the right diagnosis, many disorders and conditions can be treated.

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Behavioral health center in West Palm Beach, Florida

Providing care for individuals who are experiencing problems with depression, anxiety, and addiction.

We offer comprehensive behavioral health services and programs for adult, geriatric, child and adolescent populations. This means that we can offer you and your entire family the care you need, when you need it.

Our focus is on helping individuals learn long term solutions for healthier living. Our staff are experienced psychiatrist, physicians, nurses, social workers and mental health technicians who are dedicated to serving you and assisting you on your journey to recovery.

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If you need help and don't know where to turn, we hope you'll reach out to us — we can help you figure out the next steps.

If you need help and don't know where to turn, we hope you'll reach out to us — we can help you figure out the next steps.

Our mental health services

We accept most insurances, including Medicaid and offer a wide range of behavioral health programs, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Medication management
  • Aftercare
Inpatient behavioral health programs

Our 124-bed psychiatric inpatient unit is located adjacent to our hospital campus in West Palm Beach, Florida. This makes it easy to access our inpatient programs, including:

Youth inpatient services

Our youth services program is the largest inpatient behavioral health unit in Palm Beach County that treats children and adolescents between the ages of three and 17 years old.

This program offers behavioral, individual, group and family sessions, which are conducted by a experienced staff. The primary goal of our youth services program is to assist young people in regaining their optimal level of functionality.

Adult inpatient services

We offer both a general adult inpatient unit and a crisis unit for people between the ages of 18 and 65 years old. Our crisis unit is geared towards adults who are experiencing an acute behavioral health need and require extra care and attention to ensure their safety.

This program offers behavioral, individual and group therapies. Our therapeutic environment is designed to support efforts toward restoring mental health and recovery.

Senior services program

Our senior services program offers treatment for those who are older and can benefit from a safe, secure and friendly setting. We provide seniors with unique treatment options, including:

  • Medication management
  • Family and caregiver support
  • Personal care assistance
  • Clinical therapeutic services

Outpatient services

We offer outpatient programs for adolescents and adults. Referrals to these programs may be made by the individual seeking treatment, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, social service agencies or family members.

We are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. For more information about our outpatient behavioral health services, you can reach us during that time at (561) 881-4360.

Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

Our adult PHP provides a safe and caring setting that includes an intensive level of psychiatric treatment in an outpatient setting.

The primary goal of our PHP is to optimize outcomes through individualized treatment. We offer individual, family and group counseling to help improve an individual’s level of functioning. Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, to prevent relapse, and to avoid hospitalization.

Individuals participate in a formal, comprehensive clinical evaluation completed by our team of psychiatrists, social workers and registered nurses. The team will develop individualized treatment plans for you that incorporate the results of the multidisciplinary evaluations. The plan will include your strengths, limitations and goals for treatment.

Adult intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Our evening IOP for adults is designed to treat and improve the lives of adults experiencing both psychiatric disorders and addictions.

The IOP allows individuals to continue daily routines, such as work or school, while participating in treatment at the end of the day. Frequent sessions can help maintain abstinence, improve mental health and enhance your quality of life.

Studies by the National Institute for Mental Health conclude that diagnosing and treating emotional and mental health problems together more than doubles the success rate for people who struggle with dependency on alcohol or drugs. Our IOP provides a co-occurring comprehensive treatment program that offers specialized evaluations to meet the unique needs of that population and help individuals truly recover.

The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP) at JFK Medical Center North Campus, is designed to assist teenagers (13 through 17) who are experiencing behavioral and/or psychiatric issues that are better treated by engaging in more extensive therapy than traditional outpatient therapy.

Reasons for admission
  • Suicidal attempts
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Anger management
  • Grief, loss or abandonment
  • Identity problems
  • Impulsivity
  • Low self-esteem
  • High-risk behaviors
  • Family conflict
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Poor coping skills
  • Difficulty adjusting to changes
  • Defiant behavior
  • Truancy
Program goals
  • Manage emotions and express feelings positively
  • Refrain from self harm
  • Decrease aggressive behaviors
  • Improve problem-solving skills
  • Use positive coping strategies
  • Control impulsive behaviors
  • Improve frustration tolerance
  • Engage in positive relationships with family, peers and others
  • Promote medication compliance
  • Enhance communication skills
Program hours

AIOP offers programming three times each week: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Admissions

Our admission process is confidential and available Monday through Friday. Referrals may be made by individual, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, social service agencies or family members. To verify coverage or to schedule an appointment for a FREE confidential consultation, please call (561) 863-3998. This program is covered by most private insurances.

Referral email 

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

ECT is a treatment option that can provide safe, rapid and significant improvements. This is especially true for people who haven't responded well to medications and other types of therapy. Specifically, people who may benefit from ECT include those who have:

  • Acute suicidality
  • Agitation and aggression related to dementia or brain injuries
  • Bipolar disorder (either depressed or manic)
  • Catatonia
  • Parkinsonism
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Severe depression
  • Pregnant women with any of the above conditions

ECT takes place under general anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist. This means you are entirely asleep and relaxed during the procedure, which takes about five to 10 minutes, with a little added time for preparation and recovery. The ECT itself is performed by a psychiatrist.

Initially, ECT is usually given three times a week, for a total of two to four weeks. Many patients begin to notice an improvement after just a few treatments. Some patients benefit from less frequent maintenance treatments.

Patients who believe they may benefit from ECT should consult with their current psychiatric provider regarding this option.

If you choose this treatment, we will arrange for your medical clearances and handle your insurance, if applicable.

If you have questions about ECT or want to see if it's right for you, please call us at (561) 227-7328 or (561) 2277-ECT.

Emergency assessments and admissions

Our psychiatric intake unit operates as a critical service within the emergency department. This unit is designed for the individual seeking inpatient treatment and for those experiencing a mental health emergency. We offer psychiatric evaluation, assessment and referral services. We will quickly get you the care you need.

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