Inpatient Psychiatric Services

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Hunterdon Healthcare’s inpatient behavioral health unit is a 14 bed open voluntary facility that provides short term intensive treatment for patients in need of inpatient psychiatric stabilization or detoxification.

Inpatient Services at Hunterdon Behavioral Health include:

  • A 14-bed open voluntary facility
  • Short-term intensive treatment for patients in need of inpatient stabilization
  • Detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs

Our goal is to return patients to families, workplace and community as quickly as possible.

  • The average length of stay is 5 days.
  • We involve patients and their families in treatment and recovery.

Who can benefit from Hunterdon Behavioral Health’s inpatient service unit?

  • Patients 18 years of age or older who have the potential to benefit from short-term intensive treatment of psychiatric problems or addiction(s)
  • Patients who are willing to become an active participant in treatment

What services are available through Hunterdon Behavioral Health’s inpatient unit?

  • Multidisciplinary assessment, including complete psychiatric assessment
  • Medication management
  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • Activity therapy
  • Psycho-education for patients and families. Discharge planning and linkage to follow-up support services

How are patients evaluated?

  • The multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, nursing assessment and psychosocial evaluation and activity assessment.
  • Patients admitted for detoxification are also evaluated by an addictions treatment counselor.

Hunterdon Behavioral Health’s inpatient unit provides a comfortable setting that encourages interaction with peers, family and staff, and facilitates wellness.

  • Patients have access to a stocked kitchen, large lounge area, and patio.
  • One-on-one sessions and family meetings take place in private areas, ensuring complete confidentiality.
  • A quiet area of the lounge provides a peaceful and relaxing environment to read, listen to music or watch videos.
  • Patients can also participate in supervised crafts, if they so desire.

What happens upon discharge from Hunterdon Behavioral Health’s inpatient services unit?

  • Discharge planning is central to the treatment process and is initiated at the time of admission.
  • The treatment team, along with the patient and his or her family, identify discharge needs.
  • The treatment team provides referrals to related programs and services, including outpatient care, employment support and ongoing monitoring.

Our Physicians

Hong Chen, MD


Everett H. Hill, MD


Gem-Estelle M. Lucas, DO


Mukesh D. Patel, MD


Christine E. Skotzko, MD


Mary Ann Foley-Mayer, APN-C

Advanced Practice Nurse

Cynthia J. Tholis, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Additional Staff & Specialists

Gary L. Piscitelli, LCSW

Ellen Gantner, Psy.D

Christine Cochrane, RNC, MAS

Albert Bassetti, MA, LPC

Nancy Rumore, MS, LPC

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