Mental Health Services To Support Your Well-Being

Behavioral Health Services

Your mental and behavioral health are just as important as your physical health. However, signs of behavioral health problems might not be as apparent as physical illnesses. Just as with a physical illness that requires treatment by a healthcare provider, if you are facing behavioral health challenges, you may need more support than family and friends alone can provide. Penn Highlands Healthcare offers comprehensive mental health services including psychotherapy. We provide both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for children ages 5 and up, adults, and seniors.

If you or someone you love is struggling with a mental health disorder or you need help coping with a stressful life event like divorce or the loss of a spouse, our team can help. Our team includes psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, a neuro-psychologist, physician assistants, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors.

What Treatment Options Are Provided by PHH Behavioral Health Services?

At Penn Highlands, we offer a variety of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services to treat the unique mental health concerns of patients of all ages, including children age 5 and up, adolescents and teens, adults, and seniors. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Detox for substance use
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Medication management
  • Mental health assessments and psychiatric evaluation
  • Outpatient group therapy
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Psychological assessment
  • Psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy
  • Suicide risk assessment and prevention

What Types of Assessments and Evaluations Are Done to Determine What Care Is Needed?

Just like physicians recommend screening tests for your physical health, psychiatrists and psychologists may recommend evaluations and assessments to help get to the root of your behavioral health disorder so they can make an appropriate treatment recommendation. A psychological assessment can include formal questionnaires, clinical interviews, informal tests and surveys, a review of your medical history, a physical exam, lab tests, and observation of your behavior and reactions.

How Is Medication Used in the Treatment of Behavioral Health Conditions?

If your mental health provider finds that psychotherapy alone is not effective in treating your condition, they may prescribe medications, including anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, and mood stabilizers. This recommendation will be based upon a psychological assessment and will take into consideration your age, overall health, your treatment history, and other medications you may already be taking. Children, pregnant women, and some seniors also may have special considerations when determining what mental health medications, if any, should be used in treatment. Medication management is an essential part of the mental health care process as any reactions and changes should be closely monitored by a professional.

Download the PHH Behavioral Health Services Brochure to learn more about all of our programs, located in the resources sidebar.

Inpatient Behavioral Health Services

People at different life stages experience different types of mental health challenges. At Penn Highlands, we offer specialized inpatient programs for children and adolescents, adults, and seniors. Each inpatient unit is staffed by dedicated behavioral health professionals experienced in caring for these distinct populations. We offer the following inpatient programs.

Child & Adolescent Inpatient Program - Our child and adolescent inpatient program offers specialized treatment to young people age 5-18 who are exhibiting behavioral problems impairing their ability to function in the home and/or school. To learn more about our Child & Adolescent Inpatient Program, call 814-375-6363.

Adult Inpatient Program - Our adult inpatient program specializes in the treatment of emotional and behavioral difficulties experienced by individuals 18 years or older. To learn more about our Adult Inpatient Program, call 814-375-6337.

Geriatric Inpatient Programs - Penn Highlands Healthcare offers inpatient treatment units at three of our locations for our senior patients who are dealing with mental health disorders or emotional breakdowns. Each unit has 10 beds and specializes in treating emotional and behavioral difficulties often experienced by individuals 55 years and older. Learn more about our geriatric inpatient programs:

  • Senior Transitions Unit at Penn Highlands Brookville: Call 814-849-1850 or 814-849-1844 or download the brochure located in the resources sidebar.
  • Bright Horizons Center for Emotional Wellness at Penn Highlands Clearfield: Call 814-768-2184 or download the brochure located in the resources sidebar.
  • Generations Unit at Penn Highlands Elk: Call 814-788-8876 or download the brochure located in the resources sidebar.

How Do I Make a Referral to Penn Highlands Behavioral Health Services?

Inpatient referrals are accepted 24 hours a day. Referrals to the inpatient units may be made by:

  • Mobile crisis services
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Case managers
  • Physicians
  • School staffs
  • Other professionals in the community

Individuals may also present themselves to the Penn Highlands DuBois Emergency Department for a mental health evaluation.

The criteria for admission includes, but is not limited to:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Homicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Acute symptoms or those made worse by hallucinations, delusions, or disturbance of affect and anxiety that threaten the patient’s or other’s well being
  • Unsuccessful outpatient treatment
  • Admission to either unit must be approved by a Penn Highlands DuBois psychiatrist.

Why Choose Penn Highlands Healthcare for Behavioral Health Services?

A significant advantage of choosing our Behavioral Health Services is that our center is backed by all the advanced services and specialties of Penn Highlands DuBois, one of the region’s top hospitals. This puts our patients in close proximity for routine or emergency diagnosis and medical care.

COMING SOON: Expanded Behavioral Health Hospital

Patients with behavioral health needs are critically underserved in Northwestern/Central Pennsylvania and beyond. To address this need in our region, the expansion of our current facility at Penn Highlands DuBois East will create a 126-bed campus providing a comprehensive continuum of behavioral health services. The new facility will offer care to people with a dual diagnosis of mental health disorder and substance abuse disorder, as well as drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation. Eventually, this new addition will house a psychiatric medicine residency program.

The new campus, which is scheduled to be completed by 2022, will feature:

  • A walk-in urgent care center specific to behavioral health issues offering immediate care with referral to follow-up inpatient or outpatient services as needed
  • An outpatient behavioral health program
  • A child/adolescent behavioral health unit, with an extended acute care unit
  • Adult behavioral health units
  • A new dual diagnosis unit for patients who need behavioral health services as well as drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation
  • A new kitchen, new cafeteria for staff and a new patient cafeteria, which will also have a courtyard. The atrium of this addition will have a greenhouse appearance to provide a tranquil feel. The addition also will accommodate patient privacy needs with outpatient care and inpatient admitting areas.

Learn more about this project and how your gift can help.

Behavioral Health Services at Penn Highlands

Care for those age 55 and older is available at the Senior Transitions Unit at Penn Highlands Brookville. The Senior Transitions Unit is a10-bed geropsychiatric inpatient unit specializing in the treatment of emotional and behavioral difficulties often experienced by individuals 55 years and older.

Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day.

Penn Highlands Brookville

100 Hospital Road
Brookville, PA 15825
814-849-2312

Care for those age 55 and older is available at Bright Horizons at Penn Highlands Clearfield. Bright Horizons is a10-bed geropsychiatric inpatient unit specializing in the treatment of emotional and behavioral difficulties often experienced by individuals 55 years and older.

Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day.

Penn Highlands Clearfield

809 Turnpike Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-765-5341

Penn Highlands DuBois Behavioral Health Center, located on the Penn Highlands DuBois East Campus along Maple Avenue, offers outpatient and inpatient services for both children and adults.

  • Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Program
  • Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Treatment for Adults
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents

Direct referrals to the inpatient units can be made by mobile crisis services, community mental health agencies, case managers, physicians, school staffs and other professionals in the community. Individuals may also present themselves to the Emergency Department at any Penn Highlands hospital for a face-to-face assessment provided by trained mental health staff for inpatient placement or outpatient services referral.

Penn Highlands DuBois - East Campus

635 Maple Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801

Care for those age 55 and older is available at the Generations Unit at Penn Highlands Elk. Generations is a 10-bed geropsychiatric inpatient unit specializing in the treatment of emotional and behavioral difficulties often experienced by individuals 55 years and older.

Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day.

Penn Highlands Elk

763 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-788-8000

Penn Highlands Huntingdon Behavioral Health Center, located on the Penn Highlands Huntingdon Campus, at 1225 Warm Springs Avenue, offers outpatient and inpatient services for adults.

  • Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Program
  • The Hope Project - Integrated Behavioral Health

Direct referrals to the inpatient units can be made by mobile crisis services, community mental health agencies, case managers, physicians, school staffs and other professionals in the community. Individuals may also present themselves to the Emergency Department at any Penn Highlands hospital for a face-to-face assessment provided by trained mental health staff for inpatient placement or outpatient services referral.

Penn Highlands Huntingdon

1225 Warm Springs Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-2290

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