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.
Hong Chen, MDPsychiatrist
Everett H. Hill, MDPsychiatrist
Gem-Estelle M. Lucas, DOPsychiatrist
Mukesh D. Patel, MDPsychiatrist
Christine E. Skotzko, MDPsychiatrist
Mary Ann Foley-Mayer, APN-CAdvanced Practice Nurse
Cynthia J. Tholis, NP-CNurse 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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