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University Hospital & Medical Center

Behavioral Health

The Center for Behavioral Health at University Pavilion is a beautiful free standing state-of-the-art behavioral health facility located on the campus of University Hospital and Medical Center. The Center features four units with 60 beds, cafeteria, gym, pool, and indoor and outdoor group areas.

The Center for Behavioral Health is staffed by over 13 physicians that specialize in Psychiatry, many are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The Center for Behavioral Health is also staffed by Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who specialize in Psychiatric Nursing. In addition to the nurses and physicians, The Center for Behavioral Health employs a team of allied professionals that includes Activity and Recreation Therapist, Addiction Professionals, Counselors, a Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologists, and Social Workers.

Every patient admitted to one of the inpatient programs at The Center for Behavioral Health will participate in a physical assessment provided by a staff physician.

Services Offered

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Adolescent
  • Partial Hospitalization
  • Geriatric Behavioral Health

The Center for Behavioral Health Respond Department

Staffed by behavioral health professionals the Respond Service provides assessment 24 hours a day 7 days a week to assist in identifying individual’s behavioral health needs and to provide referrals to community resources, without charge or obligation. For more information about our services and the admitting process, please call (954) 724-6502.

Young Inpatient Behavioral Health Services

Adolescents and children with behavioral and emotional disturbances have different needs than adults. The Center for Behavioral Health provides treatment to young patients (ages 4 to 17) with acute conditions that require 24 hour supervision. Psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and recreational therapists assist patients with understanding mental illness, developing coping skills, and making better decisions.

Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Services

The Center for Behavioral Health features three separate adult units to address the full spectrum of adult care. Inpatient Care is provided to patients with symptoms so severe they require 24 hour supervision and behavioral health treatment. The inpatient treatment helps stabilize, diagnose, and treat the condition. A full range of services including psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, counseling, psychotherapy and therapeutic activities are available to help patients develop strategies for minimizing symptoms, reducing stress, making better decisions, and coping with their emotions.

The Center for Geriatric Behavioral Health

The Center for Geriatric Behavioral Health is designed to treat and improve the lives of adults 65 years and older who are suffering from depression and other psychiatric diseases. Special care is taken to meet our patients emotional and physical needs to assure their safety and well-being while in our care. For the aging populations, The Center for Geriatric Behavioral Health offers two distinct programs; The Senior Adult Unit and the Senior Intensive Treatment Unit.

The Senior Adult Unit is designed for those who have a high degree of functioning prior to the onset of psychiatric symptoms. Our treatment programs focus on achieving stability and recovery in a relatively short stay.

The Senior Intensive Treatment Program is designed for patients who are in need of a more specialized course of treatment and typically stay an average of 10-12 days. Our team of dedicated professionals develop a course of treatment based upon the individual needs of the patient.

Treatment plans are closely monitored and updated as the patient progresses.

Download the Geriatric Behavioral Health Brochure

Electro-Convulsive Therapy

Electro-Convulsive a treatment option for patients with severe conditions that do not respond favorably to pharmacological interventions. Patients who believe they may benefit from this treatment should consult with their current provider of psychiatric treatment for advice on possible benefits from this option.

Partial Hospitalization Program & Intensive Outpatient Therapy

The PHP/IOP program provides comprehensive psychiatric care in a less restrictive environment than an inpatient program. Patients participate in treatment during the day and return home each afternoon. Treatment focuses on developing coping skills to deal more effectively with daily living, prevent relapse, and foster ongoing recovery.

Continuum of Care Services:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Education
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Pet Therapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Recreation and Art Therapy
  • Referrals to Community Services and Support Groups

Support Groups

Support Groups on a daily basis, facilitated by outside organizations.

  • AA Sisters in Sobriety
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Chemical Imbalance
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Mood Disorders Group
  • Parent Support Group M.H.A.
  • Narnon
  • Arthritis Foundation & Fibromyalgia
  • Near Death Experience Sup. Group


To help patients gain independence and control over their recovery from mental illness or substance dependence. The Center for Behavioral Health staff is dedicated to ensure that each patient receives the services and support necessary to continue this recovery in their own community.


Medically necessary procedures done on an outpatient basis are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurances and HMOs, although referrals may be required. The hospital’s outpatient registration staff will be glad to help you verify that your procedure is covered by your insurance provider.