If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can count on the specialists at Rutland Behavioral Health to provide expert inpatient mental health care in a compassionate, quiet and safe atmosphere. We accept crisis referrals from physicians, emergency rooms or mental health professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Psychiatric Services Inpatient Unit
Our 16-bed, locked Psychiatric Services Inpatient Unit (PSIU) provides short-term, acute psychiatric care to adults who are experiencing mental health crises. We are one of only five inpatient psychiatric units in Vermont. Our skilled and experienced staff stabilize and treat patients who are suffering from a range of conditions, including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Personality disorder
- Substance abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
In addition to providing the latest treatments and therapies, our PSIU is designed with your comfort in mind. The unit features individual bedrooms with private bathrooms, a common area with a TV, an open area for dining and other activities, and a layout that allows staff to monitor patient safety at all times.
We understand that mental and behavioral health patients have unique needs. That’s why we take a team approach to your care by working with professionals from a range of specialty areas to develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. Inpatient treatment may include:
- Daily psychiatric counseling
- Structured setting for group therapy
- Medication therapy
- Family therapy
- Support group meetings
- Relapse prevention
We offer the region’s best inpatient care for mental and behavioral health issues in a warm and compassionate environment. Our specialists will surround you with support while stabilizing your condition and starting your treatment. Because your safety, well-being and comfort are our top concerns, our PSIU has several unique policies:
- You and your belongings will be searched upon admission to the PSIU.
- To provide structure and keep you and your loved ones informed, we will post daily schedules throughout the PSIU. If you would like to receive a copy of the daily schedule, please let one of our staff members know.
- Visits from family and friends are important to your recovery and are strongly encouraged; however, family and friends should speak with a nurse or call 802.747.3715 to confirm the best time to visit.
- You may not keep your cellphone with you in the PSIU, but you will have access to a unit-based phone to make and receive calls. You may use your cellphone to obtain contact numbers, etc. The patient access phone number is 802.747.3617.
- The PSIU is tobacco-free. If you are a smoker, you will be given options for nicotine replacement and, if desired, referred to Rutland Regional’s smoking cessation program.
After your condition is stabilized, our staff members will work with you to develop an appropriate aftercare plan, which may include referrals to outpatient behavioral health services and other community resources. We will also coordinate care with your primary care or specialty physician to ensure that you receive the individualized, ongoing care you need.
If your loved one is receiving treatment at PSIU, you can rest assured that our qualified specialists will stabilize his or her condition and establish an effective treatment plan. To ensure your loved one’s safety and comfort, we ask that all family members follow a few guidelines:
- Support from family and friends is important and visits are strongly encouraged; however, we ask that all visitors speak with a nurse or call 802.747.3715 to confirm the best time to visit.
- To provide structure and keep patients and loved ones informed, we will post daily schedules throughout the PSIU. If you would like to receive a copy of the daily schedule, please let one of our staff members know.
- Patients are not permitted to keep cellphones with them, but they will have access to a unit-based phone to make and receive calls. The patient access phone number is 802.747.3617.
If you have questions or concerns about any PSIU policies, please speak to one of our staff members or call 802.747.3715.