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If you need care for a psychological condition, a mental disorder or an addiction disease, our behavioral health team can help.

A behavioral health condition can make you feel helpless and hopeless. At University of Missouri Health Care, we provide compassionate care and support, and we want you to know that you’re not alone. We offer expert behavioral care for children, adolescents and adults.

Our board-certified psychiatrists (medical doctors who specialize in mental health) and psychologists (mental health therapists) are faculty members at the University of Missouri. As educators, our clinicians conduct research and are current on the latest treatments. That means you receive today's most effective therapies — including treatments that aren’t widely available — from behavioral health experts. We draw from the medical and research resources of the MU Health Care system to develop your personalized care plan.

A full spectrum of behavioral health care

We treat all behavioral health illnesses, including substance abuse problems that occur with other psychiatric disorders such as depression or anxiety. Our behavioral health clinicians work with doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, occupational therapists and other specialists to treat the whole person — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

We behavioral health care services, including:

  • Leading-edge treatment with psychiatric medicines (psychopharmacology). Our psychiatrists use the latest, most effective medicines — including progressive new therapies available only through clinical trials.
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) expertise. This therapy uses electric currents in the brain to help relieve symptoms of severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other conditions that don’t respond to medications or other treatments. As the largest provider of ECT in Missouri, our doctors have advanced experience.
  • Behavioral health services for children and adolescents. We offer both inpatient care at Missouri Psychiatric Center and outpatient services at Psychiatry Clinic, as well as community-based programs to ensure children and young adults get the care they need.
  • Specialized therapies. Our behavioral health clinicians have extensive experience with various types of psychotherapy, which helps you learn about your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. We provide individual, family and group therapy, personalized to your needs. We offer assessments and work closely with other experts for specialized testing such as sleep disorders studies, neuropsychological assessments (to test cognitive function) and more.
  • Outpatient mental health services. At South Providence Medical Park, our psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and social workers provide a broad range of therapies and services, including counseling, medications and evaluations. As part of the MU Health Care system, our outpatient services connect you with the expertise and resources you can only find at an academic health center.

Psychiatric care in a safe environment

A mental health crisis requires immediate care from specially trained professionals. MU Health Care’s Missouri Psychiatric Center provides evaluation, stabilization and treatment for children, adolescents and adults. It’s the largest acute-care psychiatric center in the region.

What to expect at Missouri Psychiatric Center

When you're admitted to the inpatient unit, you’ll meet with a psychiatrist to determine your needs. Your doctor will give you an evaluation (ask you personal questions) and a physical exam, along with routine tests. You may undergo further testing, such as a neurological assessment, to evaluate your brain (cognitive) function.

Your care team — a psychiatrist, nurse, social worker and other clinicians — works together to meet all your needs. You’ll receive counseling, education and resources to help both you and your loved ones. If you have additional health needs, we’ll bring in other specialists. Our behavioral health team works with specialists throughout the MU Health Care system to make sure you get complete care.

Your behavioral health care plan

Each person has unique needs, so your care plan will be personalized to you. We draw from a broad range of therapies and techniques to develop your treatment. Our goal is to help you recover and begin the healing process.

You’ll learn how to develop skills to manage your symptoms. Your treatment may include:

  • Medications and medical stabilization
  • Therapy (individual, group or family)
  • Group counseling on topics such as problem solving, communication, anger management, coping skills, stress management and goal setting
  • Physical and leisure activities, including arts and crafts

Your care team will begin planning for your discharge right away to ensure you and your loved ones are well-prepared when you leave the hospital. You’ll work with the social worker and your psychiatrist to develop a plan that includes follow-up services. We want to make sure you have ongoing support and resources.