Psychiatric Services & Behavioral Health
For more information about psychiatric services at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, New York, please call 914.666.1036
Monday to Friday: 12:00pm -1:00pm and 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Northern Westchester Hospital’s Department of Behavioral Health provides comprehensive psychiatric care in a private, patient-centered environment. Services include:
- Inpatient psychiatric hospitalization for adults age 18 and over on a dedicated unit of the hospital
- Emergency Department coverage 24-hours a day provided by board certified psychiatrists
Consultation on the medical and surgical units of the hospital provided by psychiatric and social work staff
Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit
NWH’s 15-bed inpatient unit provides short term hospital care to evaluate and stabilize patients with acute psychiatric disorders. There is a strong focus on returning patients to normal functioning as soon as possible while rebuilding self-esteem and improving socialization.
Patients are cared for in the comfort of a modern, home-like setting on a private unit of the hospital. Under the supervision of the Chief of Psychiatry, the unit is staffed by psychiatrists, a nurse practitioner, specially trained nurses, social workers and art and recreation therapists. Each patient’s individualized treatment plan is formulated by this multidisciplinary team.
Every patent is assigned a psychiatrist, nurse and social worker who assist in planning the patient’s treatment goals throughout their hospitalization. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their treatment plan and family members are involved in the patient’s care and education, as well as disposition planning. Psychoeducation of the patient and their families is an integral part of patient care.
Within 24 hours of admission by the psychiatrist, all patients are required to have a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation including a psychosocial assessment by a clinical social worker and a thorough medical evaluation by a hospital internist. Medical and neurological studies are ordered as appropriate.
Patients admitted to NWH’s Behavioral Health unit are seeking treatment for a variety of diagnoses, including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
- Comorbid Substance Abuse disorders
Each patient has a care plan developed based on their specific illness and treatment needs. Patient involvement is essential to the delivery of care. Treatment includes:
- Medication Management
- Individual and Family Psychotherapy — all patients meet individually with their psychiatrist and social worker on the treatment team as well as participate in group therapy sessions throughout their admission. Family therapy is also available depending on the nature of the patient’s illness.
- Art Therapy — many non-verbal approaches are available to resolve personal issues and to encourage meaningful self expression. A dedicated art therapy room offers a range of artistic outlets including drawing, painting, tile art and more.
- Recreational Therapy — the team works with patients to ensure that physical activity, including exercise and relaxation techniques are part of the treatment plan.
- Group Therapy Program — inpatients are exposed to a full schedule of daily groups focused on various topics including goal setting, life skills, medication education, values clarification, coping skills, verbal skills and discharge planning.
- Integrative Therapies — as part of the hospital’s patient-centered model of care, patients can take advantage of various integrative therapies including aromatherapy, Reiki, music and pet therapy.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
The ECT Program is under the direction of a psychiatrist specially trained to deliver this modality of care. Patients referred for ECT undergo extensive psychiatric and medical evaluation. ECT is provided in a controlled medical environment by a team which includes the ECT psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and nurses specially trained in this procedure. ECT is provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
The 15 bed unit is designed with double occupancy rooms. Several single rooms are available based on patients’ medical needs. A common living area, dining area, laundry facility, exercise area and art room are available to all patients.
Meals are served in a dining room three times per day. Nutritional counseling is available for patients who have special dietary needs.
NWH is a smoke free campus. There is absolutely no smoking permitted anywhere on the hospital campus or the Behavioral Health unit. Smokers are offered other alternatives.
Referrals and Insurance
NWH’s Behavioral Health unit participates in most major insurance plans. Financial counselors are available to speak with patients and their families with any specific questions or concerns.
For more information about the inpatient unit or psychiatric treatment services or to speak to a member of the Behavioral Health team, call 914.666.1590 or visit our contact page.