University of Mississippi Medical Center inpatient behavioral health units use a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on improving the lifelong mental health of our patients. For the convenience of patients and referring physicians, our units are open for admissions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A dedicated admissions specialist is also available to help coordinate all hospital in-takes, paperwork, and scheduling.
For general psychiatric patients, the adult behavioral unit on the UMMC campus is a unique inpatient setting. Patients with acute mental illness are treated by an expert multidisciplinary team. Examples of the types of mental illnesses treated include major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders (including post-traumatic stress disorder), and personality disorders.
For adults with acute medical conditions who also need acute psychiatric care, UMMC offers a separate, specialized inpatient neurobehavioral unit. This combined medical-psychiatric unit is uniquely designed to provide comprehensive medical and psychiatric care (provided these medical issues do not require telemetry, mechanical ventilation, or critical care measures).
Additional services include assessment of complex disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. No other program in the region offers this type of specialized treatment for patients who have both medical and mental health disorders.
Each unit offers private rooms and multidisciplinary specialized healthcare providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, case managers, social workers, and recreational and occupational therapists. In addition to the individualized care plan created for each patient, the team facilitates patient and family education, group therapy, medication adjustments, and close monitoring of behavior. Patients have access to the full range of services and specialists offered at the state’s only academic medical center.