Mental Health Assessment and Treatment

Adult Behavioral Health

Many adults experience anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health conditions that may interfere with their daily life. If you are in need of adult mental health services, you can feel confident turning to Penn Highlands Healthcare. We provide outpatient and inpatient mental health services to care for a range of behavioral health issues in adults, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, borderline personality disorder, and more.

Outpatient Adult Behavioral Health Services

Patients 18 and over with behavioral health issues or mental illness can receive a variety of outpatient assessments, counseling, and therapies for mild to severe behavioral health conditions. At our Penn Highlands DuBois Behavioral Health Center, we offer psychiatric evaluation, medication management, psychological assessment, and individual and family psychotherapy.

Our team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors at locations throughout the region.

Inpatient Adult Behavioral Health Services

If our experts determine that your behavioral health condition will best be treated in the hospital, you will be admitted to our Behavioral Health Center in Dubois. As an inpatient, you’ll receive a thorough physical examination to determine your general health status and to ascertain whether underlying physical conditions or medications may be contributing to your behavioral problems.

Our team in the inpatient Adult Behavioral Health Unit, located on the Penn Highlands DuBois East Campus on Maple Avenue, offers personalized care to patients exhibiting behavioral health problems that impair their ability to function on a daily basis. The unit operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and features 27 private and semi-private bedrooms, as well as communal living, dining, and recreational areas.

Patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist as well as by another member of the care team. We provide our inpatients with a variety of intensive psychotherapies, along with nursing and educational services aimed at re-establishing emotional and cognitive stability, enhancing self-confidence, instilling and reinforcing coping capabilities, and initiating a plan of post-hospital care to complete and sustain recovery.

How Do I Get Mental Health Care?

If you are able to function in your daily life and do not pose harm to yourself or others, you can schedule an appointment with our outpatient mental health online or by calling 814-375-6379. If you are in a crisis situation, you should call 9-1-1 or go to your closest emergency department.

Referrals to the adult inpatient unit can be made by community mental health agencies and physicians. Comprehensive face-to-face assessments also are provided by trained mental health staff via the Emergency Department at Penn Highlands DuBois for inpatient placement or outpatient services referral.

Visiting Hours for the PHH Behavioral Health Adult Unit

Visiting hours for the Behavioral Health Unit are on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30–4:00 p.m.

The HOPE Project - Integrated Behavioral Health at PH Huntingdon

Your medical team recognizes the connection between physical and mental health - your mental health impacts your physical health; and your physical health impacts your mental health. The HOPE Project is an added service offered at PH Huntingdon practices to promote this integration with a Behavioral Health Consultant working in partnership with your medical provider.

Who is the Behavioral Health Consultant?
PH Huntingdon The HOPE Project team of Behavioral Health Consultants, or BHC, is made up of licensed clinical social workers with vast experience, and are highly qualified in providing supportive and mental health services. They are specially trained to work as a member of a medical team. The BHC is available to talk with you about your physical and emotional well-being and concerns, work with you to determine your needs, and provide specific support and a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals for good health.

Where will I receive these services?
The HOPE Project staff will see you in your Penn Highlands Huntingdon provider office during your office visit. Your medical provider may ask the BHC to work with you to further assess your specific needs and offer support, education, goal setting, and follow up.

What types of services are provided?
The BHC can provide screening, consultation, brief intervention, and recommendations that will include solution-focused skills that may be useful to you in your everyday life to help you manage your behavioral and physical health needs. If you request, or the BHC recognizes the benefit, he/she may suggest a referral to a specialized mental health service. The BHC cannot provide this specialized mental health services. Not all patients within PH Huntingdon practices will require or request BHC services.

Will my work with the Behavioral Health Consultant be kept confidential?
When you meet with a BHC, a progress note will be made within your general medical record so your medical provider can review and be informed of your needs and progress. You will be asked to acknowledge consent to share information.

Communication with The HOPE Project staff will be kept confidential in an attempt to protect your privacy. However, like all providers, the BHC is mandated to report certain information that impacts the safety and well-being of you and others. If you have any questions about the confidentiality policy of Project HOPE, please ask the BHC.

How can I learn more about The HOPE Project? Call 814-643-8355.

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Conditions We Treat

Adjustment Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Developmental Problems
Eating Disorders
Major Depressive Disorder

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