Twenty-six percent of patients in primary care physician
offices that were included in a 1994 study suffered from a
major psychiatric disorder, according to the Journal of the
American Medical Association.
If you experience any or all of the following, you may need
- Recurrent thoughts of death
- An increase in isolative or withdrawn behavior
- Significant change in sleeping patterns
- Overwhelming sadness or loneliness
- Loss of interest, appetite, motivation
- Severe anxiety and/or panic attacks
- Recent changes in medication (with secondary behavioral
- A recent medical or psychiatric hospitalization
- Active hallucinations
The Behavioral Medicine Services Department at White Memorial
Medical Center is a tertiary adult psychiatric facility, which
treats patients whose behaviors impair function. Our goal is to
return patients to the community at an improved level of
functioning, using an interdisciplinary, family centered and
culturally sensitive approach.
If you need our services, we'll do an evaluation and, if
needed, prescribe inpatient or outpatient treatment that
matches your needs. We provide each person with caring and
compassionate support toward living to his or her utmost
abilities. Our programs help teach you skills you need to cope
with daily stressors.
Every patient, without exception, is referred back to the
referring physician once they complete treatment. Ongoing
reports and communication are provided to the primary care
physician throughout behavioral care.
White Memorial accepts Medicare, Medi-Cal, and private health
plans, including most HMOs.
- We provide a safe environment for patients with chronic and
persistent mental illness, those suffering from depression and
those gravely impaired in their ability to care for themselves.
- Our Joint Commission accredited program focuses on
providing short-term crisis intervention to help each person
regain functional ability.
- Our 35 bed unit includes 23 beds for the majority of
patients, and 12 beds situated separately and dedicated for
patients requiring more intensive treatment and supervision.
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