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Inpatient Behavioral Health

This thoughtfully designed unit accepts voluntary and involuntary psychiatric patients. Those arriving via secure transport will be admitted here. Our multi-faceted program provides inpatients with cognitive behavioral therapy, medication management, family involvement, and acute emotional crisis management with the goal of personal independence and a successful return to the community.

For information about admission to the inpatient behavioral health treatment program, please call 303-415-7778 or 303-415-8621.

Disorders treated

Adults experiencing a psychological or emotional crisis can find professional intervention and support within Boulder’s only adult Inpatient Behavioral Health program. For patients admitted to our program, our team manages disorders including:

  • Anxiety and panic
  • Bipolar 1 and 2
  • Borderline personality
  • Co-occurring substance use disorders
  • Major depression
  • Mania
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-harm behaviors
  • Suicidality

Our interdisciplinary team monitors patients around-the-clock until their symptoms stabilize, and they’ve developed the necessary coping skills to safely transition to the next level of care.

Providers at the inpatient unit include:

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What to expect with inpatient admission

Upon admission, patients have a comprehensive assessment in which our therapists will then develop individualized treatment and discharge plans. During hospitalization, patients receive psychiatric care, group therapy and education services. Patients and their families receive education concerning the patient’s diagnosis, medications, treatment and discharge plans. We help patients prepare for their return to the community by providing referrals to resources for on-going support and treatment.

During your stay, patients have a comprehensive assessment to develop individualized treatment and discharge plans. Trauma-informed care is provided, which emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for survivors, helping to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Patients have access to a compassionate, highly qualified, multidisciplinary team of experts who work closely to facilitate the fastest route to recovery and remission. We support each patient with a psychiatrist, therapist, psychiatric nurse, behavioral health technician, case manager and navigator. Physical and occupational therapy, as well as spiritual care is also available when needed. Additionally, patients can work in groups with other specialized practitioners, such as an art therapist, for progress towards wellness.

Our team divides their attention amongst a relatively small group of patients, improving the impact of treatment and safety.

We believe that each patient is unique, which is why we develop a care plan tailored to a patient’s specific needs. Individualized plans focus on the development of coping skills and healthy routines.

Patients live in a caring and safe environment where they receive any combination of the following:

  • Daily evaluation and care by a psychiatric provider
  • Multidisciplinary psycho-education and therapy groups
  • Supportive care to encourage healthy behavior changes, such as good sleep habits
  • Education on diagnosis, medications, nutrition and community resources
  • Medication assessment and evaluation
  • Family therapy and education
  • Assistance with identifying and practicing useful coping skills
  • Specialized programs, such as art therapy, movement therapy and pet therapy
  • Opportunities to transition to outpatient programs that are part of the patient's discharge plan

We also offer services unmatched, innovative therapies in Boulder County such as:

  • Expressive Therapy: Uses patients’ desire to create—be it music, poetry, dance or other artistic forms—as a therapeutic tool to help initiate change.
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Transition of care

Patients and their families receive education about diagnosis, medications, treatment and discharge plans. We collaborate with patients to prepare for their return to the community by scheduling appointments with existing outpatient care providers or with new outpatient care providers that the patient feels will be supportive.

State-of-the-art inpatient unit

Entering the Della Cava Family Medical Pavilion, one thing immediately stands out: a nature-friendly design extends throughout the entire building. This biophilic design, incorporating nature and representations into indoor space, helps to reduce stress, enhance clarity of thought and expedite healing. The inpatient unit - a soothing, healing atmosphere that's safe yet maintains personal dignity and control - features:

  • Private, calming patient rooms
  • A "neighborhood" design
  • Elements of nature to reduce stress
  • Tunable lighting to reinforce the body's natural circadian rhythms
  • A courtyard to stimulate the senses
  • Unique mini-environments
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Behavioral Health & Addiction Response Team (BHART)

This consultation-liaison team is a hospital-based team of psychiatric providers and nurses. BHART partners with the care team to treat patients with psychiatric and substance use co-morbidities, while a patient is hospitalized for medical reasons. This partnership ensures whole-person care for people with high medical and behavioral health acuity.

For information about admission to the inpatient behavioral health treatment program, please call 303-415-7778 or 303-415-8621.

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