Behavioral health services in Tamarac, Florida
The Center for Behavioral Health at University Hospital and Medical Center strives to provide you with compassionate behavioral health services. With multiple options for treatment, our team of board-certified psychiatrists and therapists offer comprehensive care plans and preventative mental health programs to help you heal.
For additional information about our behavioral health services, call our team at (954) 724-6502.
The Center for Behavioral Health is a freestanding behavioral health facility located on the campus of University Hospital and Medical Center. The center is staffed by expert physicians who specialize in behavioral health, many of whom are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Our goal is to ensure that you receive compassionate care in a comfortable environment.
Behavioral health specialists
Our behavioral health programs are staffed by multidisciplinary teams of licensed professionals, including:
- Registered nurses specialized in psychiatric nursing
- Activity and recreation therapists
- Marriage and family therapists
- Social workers
Together, this specialized mental health team offers hope and support for individuals with a wide range of behavioral and mental health needs.
Inpatient behavioral health services
Adult inpatient services
Inpatient care is provided to patients experiencing severe symptoms who would benefit from 24-hour supervision and behavioral health treatment. The inpatient treatment program helps stabilize, diagnose and treat underlying conditions. A full range of services, including counseling and therapeutic activities, are available to help patients develop strategies for minimizing symptoms, reducing stress and coping with their emotions.
Child and adolescent inpatient services
Adolescents and children experiencing symptoms of behavioral and emotional disorders require specific care and treatment. 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 creating a preventive treatment plan.
Geriatric behavioral health
Our geriatric behavioral health program is designed to treat and improve the lives of adults who are 65 years old and older who are experiencing symptoms of a behavioral disorder. Special care is taken to meet our patients emotional and physical needs to assure their safety and well-being while in our care. Our center offers two programs to meet the needs of our senior patients.
- The senior adult unit— This unit is designed for patients who have a high degree of functionality 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—This program is designed for patients who are in need of a more specialized course of treatment and typically stay an average of 10 to 12 days. Our team of dedicated professionals develops an individualized treatment plan based on needs of the patient.
Outpatient behavioral health services
Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
Our PHP, offered for adults, is for patients who don't require full-time care. This program allows patients to continue to reside at home while attending intensive services at the hospital during the day. Treatment during a typical day will include a variety of therapies.
Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
Our IOP, offered for adults and adolescents, is designed to help cope with symptoms, while improving their ability to function independently and enhance their overall quality of life.
The program provides an alternative treatment option to inpatient or PHP. Individuals admitted to the IOP are able to maintain important bonds with their families, friends and community, while being encouraged to have confidence and independence.
University Hospital and Medical Center now offers a virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Contact us for further information.
Electroconvulsive therapy services (ECT)
Electroconvulsive therapy: 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.
What is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?
ECT is among the safest and most effective treatments available for depression. With ECT, electrodes are placed on the patient’s scalp and a finely controlled electric current is applied while the patient is under general anesthesia. The current causes a brief seizure in the brain. ECT is one of the fastest ways to relieve symptoms in severely depressed or suicidal patients. It’s also very effective for patients who suffer from mania or other mental illnesses. ECT is generally used when severe depression is unresponsive to other forms of therapy. Or it might be used when patients pose a severe threat to themselves or others and it is too dangerous to wait until medications take effect. ECT is usually given up to three times a week for a total of two to four weeks.
For a free consultation, please contact us at (954) 724-6502.
Behavioral health support hotline
Staffed by behavioral health professionals, our respond service provides access to mental health assessment 24 hours a day. The goal is to assist in identifying an 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) 724-6506.
The Pavilion at University Hospital and Medical Center services several support groups. These groups may supplement care provided by the hospital, but are facilitated by outside organizations. Our hospital does not oversee cancellations or attendance. For additional information, we recommended contacting the supporting organizations, including: