For Adults, Children, & Teens

Inpatient treatment is for individuals facing an acute mental health issue who are unable to remain safe in a less restrictive environment. During an inpatient hospital stay specialists will:

  • monitor patients for safety,
  • clarify diagnoses, and
  • focus the treatment plan and medication schedule (if appropriate).

Therapy services offered through our hospital programs may include expressive therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy.

Adult Inpatient Services

Inpatient hospital treatment is offered for adults who are suffering an acute mental health issue. The hospital offers six distinct units, which allows for each unit to sustain an environment appropriate to varying patient needs. Safety and therapeutic protocols on one unit may be designed for patients who are detoxing, while other units intensify safety precautions for patients struggling with psychosis.

Our patient-centered care is provided by a collaborative treatment team. Maintaining safety and respect are paramount while the psychiatrist and team of social worker, nurse, expressive therapist, and psychologist assess and implement treatment to help stabilize the patient and prepare a discharge plan for the next level of care.

Patient and family education, elements essential to the therapeutic process, are delivered through individual, group, and family meetings. Medication evaluation and management is supported by therapy interventions drawn from acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Patients are also offered access to an interactive computer program called the Therapeutic Learning Program (TLP), which helps focus and resolve conflicts and stress.

Inpatient Medical Psychiatry

Inpatient Medical Psychiatry is the adult inpatient unit offered within the University of Utah Hospital off-site from HMHI. This unit affords medically compromised individuals in mental health crisis direct access to the resources University Hospital has to offer in cases where urgent medical attention is required.

Maternal Mental Health

We offer specialty care for women suffering from perinatal (the period around the time of birth) mental health disorders. Our perinatal psychiatric team provides specialized care to women who are pregnant or who have given birth within the past 18 months. Partner and/or family involvement is an integral part of treatment. Infants are encouraged to visit in order to support bonding and family contact, however, protected sleep is a key factor in the recovery process so infants will not stay overnight.

Our team of highly trained doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and expressive therapists work together to create individualized treatment plans and comprehensive care, including medication stabilization and a vast range of individual and group therapy such as:

(Please note that women with complicated or third trimester pregnancies will receive services in the Inpatient Medical Psychiatry unit due to the need for increased medical supervision).

Our maternal mental health services offer the following: 

  • dedicated space for pumping, nursing, and family visitation;
  • protected sleep times;
  • extended visiting hours to maximize positive mother-baby interaction;
  • hospital-grade breast pumps and refrigeration for breast milk;
  • postpartum international trained staff including social work, physicians, and nursing;
  • group and expressive therapy including art, music, CBT/DBT and psycho-education;
  • family and partner assisted psychotherapy/team meetings;
  • nutrition consultation, as needed; and
  • discharge planning and transition to outpatient treatment either with the HMHI Maternal Mental Health Clinic or other community providers, as needed.

Child & Teen Inpatient Services

Youth in immediate crisis and those who have complex mental health issues are treated in our Youth Inpatient Services program. The Child Unit (ages 5–12) and the Adolescent Units (ages 13–18) address the patient’s medical, psychological, and social needs in a safe, protected environment.

Following a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, a team of child-adolescent psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, expressive therapists, and nurses develop an individual treatment plan centered on:

  • stabilization,
  • solution-focused treatment, and
  • triage to a less restrictive level of care.

Treatment also includes individual and family therapy, medication management, and experiential therapies.

Nutrition Care Services

University of Utah Health's Huntsman Mental Health Institute offers the services of clinical dietitians. They are available to patients who might:

  • Need support around disordered eating patterns,
  • Have food allergies or intolerances, or
  • Other medical conditions that require specific nutrition care.

Dietitians work closely with patients and families to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences.

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