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Behavioral Health

At Butler Health System, we believe that families are the building blocks of our community. We also know that today's families face more challenges than ever. Our core philosophy is that building on each individual's and families unique strengths and fostering positive experiences will result in more rewarding lives and a stronger, more vital community.

Inpatient Behavioral Health

Geriatric Psychiatry

The Geriatric Psychiatry Unit provides inpatient hospital-based services for aging adults 55 years and older with special attention to the frail elderly who may have multiple medical and psychiatric problems. We provide comprehensive, specialized diagnostic and treatment services to the aging adult, and offer support and education to their families. Comprehensive discharge planning is also offered including assistance in coordinating appropriate living arrangements and community resources.

A multidisciplinary team approach is valuable in determining an individual’s needs. Our compassionate treatment team of professionals is comprised of a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist, certified registered nurse practitioner, psychiatric registered nurses, clinical specialists, certified recreational therapist, and milieu therapist. We also understand the importance of family involvement and welcome their participation.

Individuals may benefit from an evaluation and treatment if they are experiencing symptoms of:

  • Depression (persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness or emptiness)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety, restless and agitation
  • Memory loss / confusion

Adult Psychiatry

The Adult Psychiatric Unit provides inpatient hospital-based services for adults 18 – 55 years of age. We offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment for individuals experiencing acute symptoms of their behavioral health disorder. Services are provided by an experienced multidisciplinary treatment team of professionals comprised of a board-certified psychiatrist, certified registered nurse practitioner, psychiatric registered nurses, clinical specialists, milieu therapist and recreational therapist.

Treatment includes:

  • A comprehensive psychiatric and medical evaluation
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Group programming and individual supportive therapy
  • Comprehensive discharge planning to assist in securing out-patient services and coordination of community resources
  • Support and education for families

Individuals appropriate for inpatient treatment would be those experiencing acute symptoms associated with a cognitive, mood, personality or co-occurring disorder such as:

  • Suicidal / self-harm thoughts
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Mania – insomnia, poor judgement and insight
  • Hallucinations, delusions, paranoia
  • Inability to complete activities of daily living (eating, hygiene) in the context of mental illness

Outpatient Behavioral Health

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a team-based treatment model that provides multidisciplinary, flexible treatment and support to people with severe and persistent mental illness 24/7. ACT is based around the idea that people receive better care when their mental health care providers work together. ACT team members help individuals address every aspect of their life, whether it be medication, therapy, social support, employment or housing. ACT is typically used for people who have transferred out of an inpatient setting but would benefit from a similar level of care and having the comfort of living a more independent life than would be possible with inpatient care.

For information on this program or how to refer an individual,
call 724-968-5310.

Outpatient Behavioral Health - Family Services

  • Individual, Family and Group Counseling – We are proud to offer therapy services for individuals and families from highly qualified professionals. Serving children and adults.
  • Children's Intensive Outpatient Program – This program is designed to aid children with mental health disorders in their social and emotional development. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm, September - April. Children grades 1-6.
  • Adolescent After School Program – This program provides family and community based treatment for adolescents who have been identified as having significant difficulties successfully integrating into the community, home and school based activities due to poor social skills and a history of inappropriate behavior. The purpose of ASAP 2 is to improve the adolescent's social and emotional functioning. Wednesdays 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, September - May. Adolescent grades 7-12.
  • Parent-Child Interactive Therapy – In this short-term course, parents learn new ways to interact with children ages 2-7 with a focus on improving parent/child relationships and developing improved communication skills.
  • Children's Summer Express Intensive Outpatient Program – During this 6 week summer program, children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders participate in courses designed to improve social, behavioral and emotional development. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 3 hours each day. Ages 5-18.
  • Play Therapy – Therapeutic use of play to help children (typically ages 3-12) to better express themselves and resolve their issues.
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Trauma-focused CBT is an evidenced based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma. TFCBT can help resolve a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associates with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences. Provided by TFCBT certified therapists.
  • Psychiatric Evaluation – Psychiatric assessment for children and adults completed by board certified psychiatrists.
  • Pharmacologic (Medication) Management – Assess need for psychotropic medication for symptom management. Prescribing and medication management for clients receiving therapy with BHS Outpatient Mental Health - Family Services.

Additional BHS outpatient programs include:

  • Family Services Corps
  • BHS Regional Recovery Program

For more information about any of the programs offered, call BHS Family Services at 724-284-4894. Most insurances are accepted.

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