Inpatient Behavioral Health Services

The Robert Young Inpatient Psychiatric units offer compassionate and competent mental health and substance abuse care to adults and adolescents who are in need of acute short term hospitalization for crisis intervention, assessment and symptom stabilization. Psychiatric treatment is provided for an acute depressive or psychotic episode, or as an intervention for individuals who are a danger to themselves and others. Referral will be made before discharge for appropriate follow-up treatment.

The Inpatient Psychiatric units have served the community for 28 years. The 54 bed licensed facility includes six beds dedicated to an adolescent unit that specializes in treating youth with both a mental illness and a chemical dependency. The Robert Young Center Inpatient Services department continues to have one of the lowest average lengths of stays in the nation, thus using health care dollars prudently.

Patients are followed by their admitting psychiatrist, Robert Young Outpatient Services, and/or community agencies, upon discharge. Emergency services are available 24 hours, seven days a week to provide crisis intervention and assess the need for emergency inpatient or outpatient treatment.

Adult Inpatient Services

The Adult Services treatment philosophy is to provide short-term care and mental health treatment to the seriously stressed individual. Treatment is coordinated with other Robert Young Center and community agency programs, to ensure the most collaborative and tactical approach to recovery is taken. 

Services provided are based on the patients environment, or milieu therapy, in conjunction with crisis intervention, reality testing, safety, and symptom relief. In addition to psychiatric nursing and individual therapy, the following treatment modalities are offered in the inpatient setting:

  • Teaching everyday living skills
  • Stress management
  • Problem identification
  • Communication
  • Parenting skills
  • Healthy relationship identification

Adolescent Inpatient Services


The inpatient adolescent unit is a dedicated 6-bed unit for children and adolescents ages 4-18 who need 24-hour psychiatric care for emotional, behavioral or social adaptation problems.

Family Involvement is necessary for the success of the treatment, and goes a long way in improving the patient's quality of life after treatment. The family component is designed to improve communication within families and improve parenting effectiveness. Individual family counseling sessions are held with each adolescent, his/her family and the assigned counselor. These sessions help families learn how to live in ways which promote healthy behavior and relationships.

Adolescents discharged from the inpatient unit generally continue outpatient services in group/family therapy or individual counseling. Case management by the assessment counselor continues for a period of six months while the client has begun the Aftercare Program. With proper releases signed, this counselor will have monthly follow-up contact with the adolescent, his/her parents, the patient's school and/or other referral sources.

Chemical Abuse Program

Individual and group settings are utilized to provide education and problem identification for inpatients with alcohol or other substance abuse problems. Substance abuse addiction, including misuse of drugs and alcohol, can create extremely stressful and concerning situations for both the patient and their loved ones.

When a patient comes to the Robert Young Center who is in need of our chemical abuse program, the appropriate referral and linkage is made to Riverside for treatment intervention. There, the Riverside medical and nursing staff will work with the patient on treatment options and resources.

Group Psychotherapy

Group Psychotherapy for adolescents is designed to address a number of areas important to healthy emotional development. While one-on-one sessions can be productive, certain circumstances and struggles, particularly in adolescents, can be handled very effectively in group settings. 

These groups help communicate to children and teens that they are not alone in what they are feeling. The group sessions can also be instrumental in providing the adolescents with an established network of peers who can provide additional support. Topics in group psychotherapy sessions include:

  • Enhancement of self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skill building

Activity and Recreational Therapy

Activity and recreational therapy is important for the development and promotion of healthy leisure activity. As part of our mental health treatment and programs, we offer a variety of creative, psycho-social, religious, physical, intellectual, and community-based recreational programs.

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive Therapy, or ECT, is an optional treatment sometimes used for severe depression and suicidal tendencies. ECT can help patients with psychotic, melancholic or acute manic symptoms as well as patients who are unable to tolerate chemotherapy.

Treatment involves brain stimulation through electrical currents, and can be used in conjunction with other forms of therapy. ECT may occasionally be offered on an outpatient basis, and is usually given in a series of six treatments. Patients receiving ECT are closely monitored throughout their treatment process.