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Inpatient mental health care

Inpatient mental health care refers to behavioral health services that are provided upon admission to the hospital. Patients receive comprehensive mental health care with added access to complete hospital services, if needed.


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If you feel concerned about your own mental health and wellness or are worried about a friend or a loved one, HCA Florida Healthcare's behavioral health specialists can help.

We work with individuals and families to improve their mental health every single day. Patients come to us unsure and sometimes scared, many of them needing a little help but just as many of them needing a lot of help. We make sure they all get the care they need in our advanced inpatient mental health programs.

Who needs inpatient care

We provide inpatient mental health programs for children, adolescents, adults and seniors in our mental health and wellness centers and hospitals. These programs allow you to stay at these locations during the day and night, as you receive concentrated care and treatment. You may benefit from our inpatient mental health programs if you have:

  • Acute psychotic disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Drug and alcohol abuse problems
  • Dual-diagnosis (having substance abuse issues as well as mental health conditions)
  • Family problems
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Medication stabilization issues
  • Mood disorders
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-medication behaviors

Inpatient psychiatric hospital services

There is no shame in needing inpatient care and it doesn't indicate you are "worse" than others who receive other types of care.

The important thing is that you take care of yourself and participate in the level of care that is best for you. However, you don't have to figure that out on your own. We will listen to your needs and identify and personalize a treatment plan that is just right for you. That treatment may include:

  • 12-step program education and meetings
  • 24-hour behavioral health monitoring and supervision
  • Crisis support
  • Detoxification services
  • Educational groups, including stress management and psychoeducational groups
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Family therapy, support and education
  • Interventions designed to guide the mind, body and spirit to recovery
  • Medication management, stabilization and education
  • Pastoral services
  • Psychological testing as needed
  • Recreation therapy, such as art and music therapies
  • Referrals to additional community resources
  • Specialty treatment programs for seniors
  • Substance abuse programs, such as chemical dependency, recovery and sobriety groups
  • Discharge planning to help you transition home, including information, referrals and aftercare coordination

Whichever program elements end up being part of your care, our goal is always to help you grow, learn and heal. Our teams will work closely with you, answering your questions and addressing your concerns. They will do everything they can to teach you healthy coping skills to help to manage your stressors and symptoms.

Emergency psychiatric assessments

Sometimes you need mental health support immediately. This may be because you are experiencing a crisis, such as having thoughts or taking actions that need emergency medical attention. In these cases, we are standing by to offer confidential, one-on-one psychiatric assessments 24/7. These assessments may include psychiatric and psychosocial evaluations and interviews as well as written or verbal assessment tools.

Designated Baker Act hospitals

We also offer several designated Baker Act facilities, which are qualified and experienced in offering you emergency psychiatric care. They provide safe, temporary mental health detentions, for voluntary or involuntary patients.

Individual therapy

You'll find our inpatient programs include one-on-one therapy with psychiatrists and licensed therapists. These knowledgeable and compassionate staff members will be there for daily sessions, to help you work on the things that are most important to your recovery.

Group therapy

We hold group therapy sessions, including recreation and pet therapies, each day. You'll work through a variety of topics in these sessions, including:

  • Coping strategies
  • Life skills
  • Medication and health information
  • Mental health processing
  • Psychotherapeutic skills
  • Therapy and processing

Family therapy and involvement

Effective mental health care strategies involve your support network, such as your family. Our programs offer familial services to help you with that, including education to help them:

  • Support you and understand your condition
  • Interact effectively with behavioral health professionals
  • Deal with complications that arise
  • Take care of themselves emotionally, mentally and physically, so that they can properly care for you as well

We also encourage family members to participate in your treatment, as appropriate, to promote your growth and wellness.

Support after inpatient care

After going through inpatient care or programs, we encourage you to continue growing, learning and healing. There are many ways to do that, such as via community support groups (we can put you in touch with those).

You may also find it more useful to participate in more structured settings, like our outpatient programs. Our specialists will help you find the right path to ensure you can successfully transition back into your life and the community.

Referrals to inpatient behavioral programs

Anyone can make a referral to our inpatient mental health care programs. We welcome and assist with referrals from medical professionals, hospitals, family members and yes, concerned friends. If you like, you can also self-refer to these programs.

To find more information about referrals and contacts for each program, visit the behavioral health page of the hospital you are interested in.

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