UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and UPMC Western Behavioral Health
If you or a loved one suffers from a mental illness, we can help. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is a national leader in the treatment of mental health and addictive disorders. We offer a complete range of diagnostic and treatment services.
Successful treatment begins with a complete and accurate mental health assessment by our trained specialists. Their diagnosis is used to create your recommended plan of care. Most assessments take place in our Psychiatric Emergency Services, located on the hospital’s fifth floor.
Based on your assessment, our doctors will recommend a program and treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Treatment is a joint effort between you, our staff, and people you wish to include in your care. Your treatment may include individual and group therapies, education, social work and case management services, and medications (if appropriate). Our Center for Interventional Psychiatry also offers specialized treatment options for hard-to-treat depression and other problems.
Inpatient care may be the best option if you have serious mental health symptoms that require intensive treatment. Most people evaluated at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital who require admission receive care onsite at the hospital. Stays can be as short as one night but can last longer based on your needs. The benefits of inpatient care include immediate connection to a treatment team. Your team will include a faculty psychiatrist from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, plus the added support of a psychiatric social worker, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, and other hospital staff. Since UPMC Western Psychiatric is a major teaching hospital for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, your treatment team may include doctors-in-training and medical students.
Visiting hours for most inpatient units are very flexible and family sessions are available on request.
Some of the staff you may interact at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital include:
Our inpatient units are tailored to meet specific patient needs and conditions needs. Located in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital offers treatment for a wide variety of conditions. With 263 inpatient beds, we are one of the largest academic psychiatric hospitals in the country with specialized units for both adults and children.
Our units include:
The Center for Interventional Psychiatry at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital provides personalized care and treatment for patients with difficult-to-treat psychiatric disorders. Our expert specialists use evidence-based intervention techniques to treat:
Your individual case will be managed by one of six psychiatrists and will include experienced professionals during every step of treatment.
Our Psychiatric Consultation & Liaison (C&L) brings psychiatric care into UPMC’s medical hospitals. Our C & L team specializes in the diagnosis and management of patients with complex medical illness and psychiatric comorbidity. Our nurses, physicians, and clinicians are experts in how medical, neurological, and other conditions are affected by psychiatric disorders, the psychiatric effects of medical diagnoses and medications, and mental health management unique to acute inpatient units. Through our liaison role, we provide education and support to physicians, clinicians, and staff. Care is provided in both inpatient setting and integrated into specialty medical clinics.
If you are hospitalized with both complex physical and mental health problems, our expert C & L nurses, doctors, and clinicians can help diagnose and manage your care. Our C & L services may be provided through telepsychiatry in our community hospitals.
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital provides behavioral health clinical services for older adults. We support residents of independent living, assisted living, personal care, and skilled nursing facilities throughout Allegheny County. These include the UPMC Senior Communities network as well as private facilities throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.
Our dedicated team of psychiatrists, certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs), and nurse clinical specialists provide older residents with best practice psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Its members also provide training and education for staff at senior living facilities and support families in therapeutic care. They help enhance care to improve the length and quality of life for older adults with chronic and severe mental illness living in long-term care facilities.
The staff members of the Creative and Expressive Arts Therapies (CEAT) Department at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital are specially trained and certified in art therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy, yoga therapy, and recreation therapy. For more than 50 years, CEAT has an integral part of the hospital’s programs.
CEAT therapies focus on enhancing a patient’s strengths and natural abilities to address problems. Patients with behavioral health concerns often find it hard describe what they are feeling or experiencing. CEAT helps them communicate and express themselves in creative forms. Its therapies also can be less threatening and easier to engage in other forms of psychotherapy. For this reason, CEAT’s services often are combined with more traditional forms of therapy at our hospital.
Download our Patient and Visitor Guide to learn more about what to expect upon arrival at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. For information on COVID-19 visitation guidelines, please review our policy.
For information or to schedule an appointment call 412-624-1000 or toll free 1-877-624-4100 or fill out our online form.