Behavioral health services

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For friends and family

We welcome friends and family member participation in the stabilization and recovery of a loved one. Learn more

For patients

For some patients, inpatient care may be the only safe setting in which to deal with certain conditions. We help stabilize individuals facing acute psychiatric crises. Learn more.

Our team

The behavioral health services team is made up of caring, highly qualified individuals and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Led by a medical director certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the unit employs licensed psychiatric social workers, a certified recreation therapist, counselors and registered nurses.



Our facility

Located on the third floor of the Medical Center, our modern 12-bed unit includes comfortable surroundings, such as a group therapy room, an activities room, a living room and a kitchen. We also have a washer and dryer available for patient use.

Our approach

Our team relies on a holistic, solution-oriented approach that, above all, strives to provide care that is safe, comfortable and confidential:

  • Safety: Because the patients that come to us are facing a behavioral health situation that poses a threat to themselves or others, we prioritize establishing a safe, stable environment for patients and staff.
  • Comfort: We want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible during their stay. Patients and staff wear ordinary clothing to provide a less-clinical, more-relaxed atmosphere.
  • Confidentiality: Maintaining patient confidentiality is an important priority. Patients must sign a release of information form for staff to share any information (including acknowledging their status as a patient in our department) with family, support people or outpatient treatment providers.

The overall goal of behavioral health services is to help patients learn and practice new coping skills through individual, family and group therapy.



About our program

Mount Nittany Medical Center's behavioral health services exist to provide short-term, inpatient care for adults in acute behavioral health crises.