At MU Health Care, we offer compassionate care in a safe, welcoming 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
- 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.
The South Providence Psychiatry clinic and Battle Avenue Psychiatry clinic provide adult mental health services. The health care team includes psychiatrists, advanced practice professionals (physicians assistants), resident physicians (physicians who are under the supervision of a board-certified psychiatrist), psychologists and licensed clinical social workers.
Our providers work to address all the aspects of a patient’s life that could be contributing to his or her emotional struggles. As a teaching clinic, we strive to develop well-rounded resident physicians who are adept at medication management, brief therapeutic interventions and using local resources to maximize patient care.
Our Interventional Psychiatry clinic provides state-of-the-art treatment options for individuals whose psychiatric disorders have not fully improved with conventional treatments such as medication or psychotherapy. We offer a number of specialized treatments including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), deep brain stimulation (DBS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and cranial electrostimulation (CES). We also are able to provide intranasal ketamine for treatment refractory depression as well as inpatient postpartum depression treatment.
The Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic offers mental health assessments and outpatient treatments to patients aged 65 and older. We treat issues that affect older adults, including cognitive impairment, mood disorders, late-onset psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Our team includes a geriatric psychiatrist who collaborates with specialists in geriatric medicine, neurology and neuropsychology to provide accurate mental health assessments, and we communicate with our patients’ primary care doctors and specialists to ensure coordinated care plans.
The clinic is open from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Patients need a referral from a physician to make an appointment.
Services provided at our clinic include:
- Psychiatric consultations for medical procedures
- Family and couples therapy
- Individual therapy using various schools of psychotherapy
- Interventional psychiatry treatments
Please note that we have a strict attendance policy. We are always working to add more providers and more services, but our clinic fills quickly. As such, we have a strict attendance policy to allow as many patients to be seen as possible.