Centers for Behavioral Health of Cape Cod Healthcare
Once we have finished our evaluation, we will begin your treatment plan. Whether it’s twice-monthly therapy appointments or a full hospital program, we will work with you, your family and your doctors to start you on your treatment.
Psychiatric Center at Cape Cod Hospital
Psychiatric Assessment Team
Our Psychiatric Assessment Team (PAT) consists of a team of licensed mental health providers who provide an array of services to the community. They respond to patients who are in the midst of a psychiatric crisis/emergency. Emergency phone consultations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emergency psychiatric evaluations and safety assessments are available in both the Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital Emergency Departments for patients in acute crisis. These assessments can lead to inpatient hospitalization, discharge to the community with a safety plan, and/or referrals to community-based services, such as outpatient or Partial Hospital programs. Our PAT clinicians provide a first point of contact for information, advice, referrals, educational support, and consultation to individuals and families facing a psychiatric crisis.
Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
Our 20-bed adult (16-year-olds and older) inpatient unit offers comprehensive and focused assessments for individuals who have an acute psychiatric illness and whose symptoms are so severe they cannot safely function at a less restrictive level of care. Our multidisciplinary team consists of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, social works, occupational therapists and a professional nursing staff, all of whom work collaboratively with each patient to develop an individualized treatment plan designed to best meet his/her specific clinical needs. We offer evidenced-based clinical strategies which rely upon a combination of treatment modalities, including: medications to manage a patient’s acute symptoms and restore his/her functional abilities; group psychotherapy and patient education to foster a better understanding of a patient’s illness and improve coping skills; and family education to strengthen a patient’s social support system. Our staff also works with each patient to help transition him/her to a less restrictive level of care as soon as it is clinically indicated.
Adult Partial Hospital Program
Our adult partial hospital program is a time-limited, structured program designed to meet the psychiatric needs of individuals experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis, yet who do not require the higher level of care offered on our secure inpatient unit. This program provides short-term, intensive behavioral health treatment as an alternative to inpatient hospitalization. Additionally, our partial hospital program is ideal as a step-down option following inpatient hospitalizations or as a direct admission from the community or local Emergency Rooms. Our team consists of a psychiatrist, social worker and occupational therapist who work collaboratively to stabilize patients through individual and group treatment. This program focuses on strengthening coping skills in order to improve patients’ overall level of functioning. The hours of our partial hospitalization service are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Geriatric Outpatient Psychiatry
Our Geriatric Outpatient Psychiatry Program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning for elderly patients who suffer from any multitude of psychiatric disorders. These disorders include, but are not limited to, dementia, depression, anxiety and late-life schizophrenia. Some common concerns for this population include dealing with the loss of loved ones, as well as declining physical and mental abilities. Our geriatric psychiatrist uses a compassionate treatment approach in an effort to effectively respond to the needs and concerns of our older patients and their families. Additionally, our geriatric psychiatrist is available to collaborate with patients’ primary care physicians and other health professionals to develop appropriate and effective treatment plans for our geriatric patients. This service is available by appointment only.
Cape Cod Human Services
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Child, Adolescent, and Adult Outpatient Services
Our outpatient services are provided by Board-certified psychiatrists, advanced practice registered nurses, psychologists and licensed therapists. We offer medication management as well as individual therapy, couples therapy and group therapy. Our highly-skilled clinical staff has expertise in diagnosing and treating a vast array of psychiatric disorders and utilizes many different modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy, to treat our patients. Within our child and family services division, we have a team of collaborating professionals who provide comprehensive evaluations and treatment planning to meet the needs of children and their families. Services include individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, parent education, medication management, school advocacy and psychological testing and assessment. Our team of child and adolescent providers is also available to offer second opinions or to give a one-time consultation to families, pediatricians and primary care physicians.
Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing
We provide comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents and adults. Services include testing for learning disabilities, personality testing, psychological evaluations for medical procedures and memory disorder screenings.
Access to Care
Access to care is an issue on Cape Cod as it is throughout the United States.
When we evaluate a patient, we carefully determine the services best suited to the needs of that patient. Our goal is to provide care locally, but we weigh access to services close to home against a patient’s immediate needs.
If we don’t have the services you need, we will work with partner agencies to find you the appropriate level of care. Our primary concern is your well-being and treatment.