​Behavioral Health

In cooperation with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, UPMC Northwest provides state-of-the-art acute and extended acute behavioral health services​. Our program provides group and individual therapy, sleep and relaxation periods, exercise, medication administration, and visitation with family and friends. 

The behavioral health unit is equipped with activity rooms, a dining area, a recreation yard with access to the outdoors, and much more. 

Our Services

  • Psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Family involvement or meetings
  • Medication management and education
  • Comprehensive discharge planning and education
  • Physical assessment to determine chronic and acute medical needs
  • 24-hour nursing and on-site medical support
  • Structured activities
  • Recreation therapy
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy

Conditions Treated

Our behavioral health program treats patients who have been diagnosed with a primary mental health disorder, including (but not limited to):

​Inpatient Behavioral Health Services

UPMC Northwest offers two options for inpatient behavioral health:

Traditional acute care
Patients requiring a short term inpatient stay are admitted as traditional acute care patients. The traditional acute care unit has 12 beds.

Extended acute care (EAC)
This 16-bed inpatient unit is designed for patients hospitalized for up to 90 days and focuses on recovery and transition.  The target population for this program includes individuals over the age of 18 who are currently receiving care on a traditional, inpatient acute unit. These individuals will have a serious mental illness with active symptoms and could experience some co-occurring issues such as homelessness or substance abuse.  

As part of their treatment plan, patients learn life skills such as money management, personal wellness, and recovery maintenance tools.  Patients on the EAC unit will work on community reintegration that will include practicing life skills in the actual local community with staff support.  This program focuses heavily on the recovery goal of improvement in the patient’s ability to meet their daily living goals and improve their quality of life. The program's integrated approach focuses on family, social supports, and treatment supports, using the patient’s strengths to meet their immediate and long term needs. 

Behavioral Health Treatment Team

Our treatment team includes:

  • Psychiatrists and advanced practice providers specializing in mental health
  • Behavioral health nurses
  • Social workers
  • Other mental health professionals

​​Behavioral Health Referrals 

Traditional Acute Care
Several options exist for patient referrals to the traditional acute care behavioral health unit at UPMC Northwest:

  • Patients, along with their family members, should report to the UPMC Northwest Emergency Department if they are seeking behavioral health services.
  • Patients already at other hospitals or emergency departments may request to be transferred to the behavioral health unit at UPMC Northwest.
  • Primary care physicians, psychiatrists, or other medical or behavioral health professionals may inquire about services by calling 814-676-7700, or direct patients to the Emergency Department at UPMC Northwest.
Extended Acute Care
Referrals for UPMC Northwest’s Extended Acute Care Unit will come from an inpatient treatment team for an individual who is already a patient on an acute care unit. The process involves several components and acting parties.

  • The necessary contacts from the referring inpatient team are made including contacts to the county mental health office, and the potential EAC program. 
  • The referring team completes the EAC referral packet which is forwarded to the necessary parties for review on the appropriateness of this level of care for the individual. 
  • A comprehensive disposition meeting is held involving the referring agency, the potential EAC, insurance companies, and the county representatives. 
  • Once admission is agreed upon by all parties, the process of admitting the individual starts.
  • Primary care physicians, psychiatrists, or other medical or behavioral health professionals may inquire about services by calling 814-676-7700.

Contact Us

For more information about behavioral health services, call 814-676-7700.

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