UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital offers a complete range of diagnostic and treatment services for all types of psychiatric and mental health conditions.
These conditions can cause problems in your everyday life. So can other factors like anxiety, stress, or grief.
You may think it’s easier to bear the weight of your behavioral, emotional, or mental pain by yourself. But we can help.
Each year, we serve more than 25,000 patients and their families — providing a full continuum of care for every level of need.
Our clinical mental health services include:
For psychiatric disorders, as with any illness, successful treatment begins with a complete and accurate assessment. At UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, we assess people of all ages in many settings, including a 24-hour ER.
There's no blood test or x-ray for mental illness, although they can help rule out any physical causes of your symptoms.
We can diagnose you by:
A diagnosis of mental illness can help you begin treatment toward a potential cure. It also can lessen some emotional weight by putting a name to what’s causing you pain. You can learn about what health risks your condition has and how you can battle them.
We will thoroughly discuss your condition, including symptoms and treatment options, with you and your loved ones. Our goal is to help you understand your illness and how you can overcome it.
If you receive a diagnosis of a mental health condition, staff at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital can help you. Treatment can help cure your condition or lessen your symptoms. We hope successful treatment can lead to a healthier life for you.
Your treatment will depend on your specific case, including condition and symptoms. Based on your mental health assessment, clinicians will recommend the program that will be most helpful and tailor a treatment plan to meet the specific needs of the individual.
Treatment is a joint effort between the patient, family members, and staff and may include:
In addition to the treatment you can receive at our nearly 300-bed hospital in Oakland, we also operate the Behavioral Health Network. With many locations throughout western Pa., the Behavioral Health Network allows us to offer treatment in a wider part of the region.
Depending on your situation, UPMC can provide either inpatient or outpatient psychiatric treatment. We will discuss the treatment options with you and your loved ones and decide which works best for you.
Inpatient care often is best for people with serious mental health conditions or addictions who need around-the-clock evaluation and treatment. You would stay at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital or one of our other behavioral health centers in western Pennsylvania.
Stays can be as short as one night but can last longer based on your needs.
The benefits of inpatient care include:
If you don't need 24/7 psychiatric help, an outpatient treatment plan might be the best option. Outpatient care may include an intensive treatment program and/or counseling.
The benefits of outpatient care include:
Another option is a partial psychiatric stay in the hospital. This approach requires more treatment each week but still allows you to stay at home when not at therapy.
Mental health crises can happen in an instant, and immediate treatment can be necessary..
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital’s Diagnostic Evaluation Center (DEC) is open 24 hours a day for people of all ages.
The DEC offers:
You do not need a doctor to refer you to the DEC. Our doctors, nurses, and staff will work with you to find the right treatment.
Because mental health disorders can involve many factors, your care team may often include:
This team provides you and your family with education and communication throughout the treatment process to enhance your recovery.
We work with local groups, state hospitals, and government to offer community health services to adults and children with:
We help find the best possible treatment, jobs, and housing.
We also provide care and support to homeless adults and teens who have mental illnesses or substance abuse problems.
Our Creative & Expressive Arts Therapies Department offers treatment based around:
This type of treatment allows people to express themselves in a more laid-back setting.
If you need help with a mental health issue but live in a rural or underserved area, our Telepsychiatry Program can help.
We use real-time audio and video conferencing to provide consults and care.
If you or your loved ones have a mental health or substance abuse problem, it can make life rough. Please know that you're not alone.
Reaching out for help might not be easy, but it can make a world of difference.