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
Mindfulness-Based Therapy Programs
The model of treatment used in our outpatient therapy programs at the Center for Behavioral Medicine & Wellness West is mindfulness-based therapies. This model focuses on the development of mindfulness and acceptance skills, and coping skills for effective change. We welcome both self and provider referrals.
We offer a comprehensive treatment program of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) that includes a four-day per week intensive therapy option, a weekly outpatient skills group, and a weekly advanced DBT therapy program for graduates of the skills group who desire more practice and group therapy. Participants in the programs receive extensive written materials, psycho-education, group therapy and case management to enhance their experience, improve functioning and achieve their quality of life goals.
We also offer two intensive outpatient therapy programs based upon the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) model which emphasizes expressive art therapy, psycho-education and group therapy to enhance coping skills and psychological flexibility. We offer both a two-day intensive outpatient program of ACT, and additionally, a three-day intensive program for participants interested in mindfulness based substance recovery treatment.
Mindfulness Dual Diagnosis Recover (MDDR) Outpatient Therapy, offered at Akron General, is designed for individuals currently coping with mood disorders and life stressors who additionally struggle with alcohol or drug abuse. Recovery may be challenging for individuals without treatment to address both. Individuals enrolling in MDDR may be seeing their own individual therapist and psychiatrist, but may also require a recovery-focused group-based therapy program. Individuals who enroll in this program do not require hospitalization or detoxification.
Comprehensive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy programming including: • Art-based intensive outpatient program • Mindful recovery intensive outpatient program
Comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy programming including: • Intensive outpatient program • Outpatient weekly skills program
Support Groups Hosted by Akron General and Free to the Community • Depression and Bipolar Support Group – bi-monthly • Alliance for the Mentally Ill Support Group – once monthly
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. - 3 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 or Akron General Health & Wellness Center in Green at 330-996-5058.
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.
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.