Psychiatric & Behavioral Health Services

Stamford Health provides some of the most respected, patient-centered mental health assessment and treatment in the region. Our highly regarded psychiatric inpatient unit provides rapid assessment and stabilization for acutely ill patients, and our consultation/liaison services support the rest of the hospital with mental health services as needed.

Our approach to mental health is multidisciplinary, and our care team is sensitive and compassionate to patients and their families. In addition to psychiatrists and psychiatry physician assistants, nurses, and technicians, patients may also work with social workers, a substance abuse counselor, a case manager, an activity therapist, and other support staff.

Treatment is highly individualized to the unique needs of each patient. We offer dual diagnosis behavioral health treatment services, psychological services, group and individual behavioral therapy, medical psychiatry, and pharmacological intervention. Pet therapy, music therapy, and spirituality and relaxation groups are also available.

Some of the conditions for which we offer care, support and therapy include:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive behavioral disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

As a Planetree hospital, our services go beyond the traditional scope of mental health services. For instance, our monthly Family Buffet Dinner for patients and families, together with staff members’ participation, creates a remarkable time of socialization in a therapeutic, supportive environment.

Upon discharge, patients receive a carefully constructed discharge plan and arrangements for aftercare. We invite involvement of a patient’s family or significant other (with patient permission) during this process.

Additional Behavioral Health Services in the Stamford Community

  • Dubois Center, 1351 Washington Blvd. 5th Floor. 203.388.1600
  • Optimus Behavioral Health, 1351 Washington Blvd. 203.621.3754
  • Community Health Center, 141 Franklin Street. 203.969.0802

Mental Illness Support Groups

NAMI Southwest CT (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers free support groups which provide families and friends of those living with mental health challenges with an understanding environment within which to share their experiences and gain insight from others in similar circumstances. See event listing at Stamford Hospital.