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Emergency Psychiatry Services
In the event that there's threat of harm to oneself or others, individuals should go to the Emergency Department or call 911. Psychiatric residents and social workers provide specialized emergency psychiatric care that includes an immediate evaluation and crisis stabilization. Once an evaluation is complete, appropriate referrals can be made to our inpatient unit, the Partial Hospitalization Program or outpatient treatment services. To reach Akron General's Emergency Department, call 330-344-6611.

For non-emergency, but urgent situations, the Center's Urgent Behavioral Evaluation Team (UBET) can facilitate an evaluation and referral for treatment, in most cases, within 48 hours or less. In an urgent situation, when there's threat of harming oneself or others, patients should always go to the Emergency Department. For more information about this service or to talk to a UBET clinician, call Akron General's Partial Hospitalization Program at 330-344-1559.

Inpatient Psychiatry Services

Akron General's Center for Psychiatry provides two specialized units for inpatient services - Crisis Intervention and Stress Management Units. The Crisis Intervention Unit provides close supervision and a caring, structured and protective environment, as individuals are able to work through crisis. Patients experiencing depression and other debilitating symptoms are successfully treated in the Stress Management Unit. Here, patients work towards an increased self-responsibility and are progressively involved in their plan of care.

Upon admission to inpatient units, patients receive a thorough diagnostic evaluation, and sometimes medical testing, to rule out any physical problems. Medication, individual, group, occupational and recreational therapies help patients rebuild daily living skills and cope with life's challenges.

For more information about our inpatient services, call 330-344-1559. 

Outpatient Psychiatry Services

Center for Behavioral Medicine & Wellness
Modeled after our Partial Hospitalization Program at Akron General Medical Center, our Intensive Outpatient Program is an effective and convenient evening program that offers an alternative for patients who cannot take time off of work or school. It's also conveniently located at our Health & Wellness - West facility in west Akron - which offers a variety of health and wellness services, which compliment medical treatment.

Treatment recommendations may include:
  • Mindfulness Based Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - Group Therapy & Advanced DBT Group Therapy
  • Expressive Art Therapy - Intensive Outpatient Therapy that uses ACT model

Adjunctive Services

  • Community Wellness Workshops
  • Individual Treatment Planning
  • Aftercare Follow-up
  • Post-partum Evaluations and Treatment
Wellness Services
  • Divorce Survival Planning
  • Single Parent Survival
  • Elderly Parent Workshop
  • Stress Management
  • Relationship Development
  • Coping with Age
  • Anxiety Management
  • Internet Addictions
  • Resource Library

For more information about the Center for Behavioral Medicine & Wellness, call 330-665-8171. We are located at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center - West, Suite 207.

Partial Hospitalization Program
A structured and intensive day treatment helps patients successfully recover from depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, thought disorders and more. The typical duration of treatment is seven days, running from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Treatment is highly individualized and can include group therapy, case management, family involvement, expressive therapy and evening support groups.

Patients can be referred to the program by their physician or through a self-referral. For more information, call Akron General's Partial Hospitalization Program at 330-344-1559.

Individuals Who May Benefit
The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a unique and cost-effective treatment program for individuals who can gain more from an intensive treatment than outpatient therapy, but do not require hospitalization. It is also an option for patients who are not making sufficient gains in traditional therapy to help reduce the chance of needing inpatient care. The PHP can also help individuals making the transition from inpatient hospital care to the home setting.

Treatment Options

  • Group Therapy
    This type of therapy offers patients the opportunity to exchange perspectives and express thoughts, feelings and concerns in a supportive environment. A variety of groups are offered to meet patients' clinical and educational needs.
  • Case Management
    Managing individual progress provides the opportunity for the patient and therapist to continually review treatment goals and work towards discharge planning. Coordination of admission and discharge conferences with the referring physician/therapist can also be arranged so that treatment goals are understood.
  • Family Involvement
    This is vital to a successful treatment experience. Family members and significant others are encouraged to examine their roles in the patient's life and illness. Team members help family members understand their feelings and concerns, and they help them prepare for changes as the patient progresses in treatment and prepares for discharge. An emphasis is placed on ensuring that the family and referral source are thoroughly informed and involved throughout treatment.
  • Expressive Therapy
    This type of therapy helps individuals uncover thoughts, feelings and emotions, which are often difficult to express in words. Individuals explore the use of movement, music and art to help release feelings of depression, guilt and anxiety.
  • Evening Support Groups
    Evening support groups encourage a more effective support system for patients and provide opportunities to share experiences and feelings. The groups provide an accepting environment where individuals can try new strategies.

Insurance Coverage
Because the Partial Hospitalization Program is a cost-effective alternative to inpatient care, many insurance companies will cover some or all of the cost of treatment. For more information about the Partial Hospitalization Program or how to get a referral, call 330-344-1559.

Eating Disorders Program
Eating disorders are often under-diagnosed and misunderstood. Through a special partnership with New Beginnings Eating Disorders Center, LLC, our patients have access to a team of professionals experienced in treating eating disorders, which includes a medical doctor, a psychiatrist, a dietitian and a therapist who specialize in eating disorders.

A six-week, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is available for those seeking help for anorexia and bulimia. Treatment includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills classes, expressive arts, process groups, martial arts/movement groups, and therapeutic meals with nutrition education classes. Participants meet with the medical director each week for health and education goal setting.

For more information about treatment for eating disorders, call New Beginning Eating Disorders Center, LLC at 330-666-5004.

Insomnia Treatment
Insomnia is a disorder which can have negative consequences on the emotional and physical wellbeing of a person. It can also lead to impairment in occupational and social functioning. Our new Insomnia Center offers comprehensive evaluation, assessment and management of people suffering from insomnia. Our sleep disorders specialist works in conjunction with behavioral specialists and Akron General Sleep Centers in a multidisciplinary manner, to address this potentially debilitating problem. Call 330-344-7980.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy
Akron General is proud to be the first provider in the area to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy for hard-to-treat depression. TMS has been demonstrated to be effective, safe and tolerable. Psychiatrists and nurses have specialized training to provide TMS. A consultation can be scheduled to determine if this treatment is recommended. Call 330-344-7980.

 Date Updated: 22-JUL-2014

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