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 individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, expressive therapy, interpersonal reconstructive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral 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 management is supported by 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.

5 West

5 West is the adult inpatient unit offered within the University of Utah Hospital off-site from UNI. 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.

Child & Teen Inpatient Services

Youth in immediate crisis and those who have complex mental health issues are treated in an inpatient treatment unit. 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, 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 Neuropsychiatric 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.

Contact our CrisisLine