Inpatient Psychiatry

Reaching out for mental health support can be hard. At Phelps, you will receive the help you need in a safe, compassionate and confidential setting. We are dedicated to your care or the care of someone you love. We welcome all patients to our world-class Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, as well as our outpatient psychiatric and counseling services.

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Please call for Inpatient Psychiatric Admissions, or for more information.

Our 22-bed Inpatient Psychiatric Unit provides acute and around-the-clock care to adults and geriatric patients. We tailor treatment to your individual needs to improve your quality of life.

Mental illness is multi-dimensional, so we take a multidisciplinary approach to treatment with a team that includes psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and occupational therapists. We value and encourage your active involvement in your treatment, and will continuously assess your progress, symptom management, and coping skills.

Phelps’ mental health services also include a program specially designed for geriatric patients. This program focuses on managing the physical and mental challenges that come with aging.

Inpatient Psychiatry patients may receive visitors from 1-2 pm and 5-6 pm daily.

Mental health problems in older adults are often overlooked and left untreated.1 If a family member or loved one needs help, contact us.

The Elderly are at Risk for Mental Health Issues

Among people over age 601:

  • 7% suffer from depression
  • Nearly 4% have anxiety disorders
  • Self-harm related deaths make up 25% of all cases

Please call for Inpatient Substance Abuse Rehab Admissions.

Outpatient Care

Phelps On-Site Counseling Service: (914) 366-3600

Phelps Counseling Service (Ossining): (914) 944-5250

Continuing Day Treatment (Briarcliff): (914) 923-5700

Outpatient Psychiatry & Counseling
Phelps Medical Associates Behavioral Health at Briarcliff provides home health care management services. For more information, visit our Outpatient Psychiatry and Counseling page or call (914) 923-5700.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which involves the conduction of electricity into the scalp while the patient is under anesthesia, has been used effectively for the past 55 years to treat certain psychiatric disorders, such as severe depression, mania and some forms of schizophrenia, which do not always respond to medication or psychotherapy. Research shows that ECT restores normal brain function by adjusting the brain’s chemistry and relieves symptoms faster than most medications. Your doctor may prescribe ECT if you have responded well to it in the past, if it is the safest course of treatment, or if your swift recovery from severe mental health issues, such as suicidal tendencies, is critical.

Your treatment team includes an attending psychiatrist and anesthesiologist who specialize in ECT, as well as nurses and technician assistants. The total number of sessions depends on the treatment plan that you and your doctor design together.

Before treatment, the team will carefully evaluate you, perform a complete history and physical, and test your blood, urine, heart and lungs. They will then insert an intravenous line and attach you to instruments that monitor your brain and heart activity, and blood pressure. They will give you anesthesia and a muscle relaxant to keep you relaxed and comfortable.

About 70 to 90% of depressed patients who receive ECT show significant improvement, making it the most effective antidepressant treatment available. It has also been found to improve attention deficits and learning disorders. Yet, ECT typically does not completely cure most psychiatric conditions, and we’re likely to suggest that you continue with other treatments, depending on your medical situation. If your doctor advises you to undergo regular ECT, it will most likely be on a weekly or monthly basis.

Side effects of ECT are minimal. The most common side effect is short-term memory loss, which typically dissipates after a few weeks. You may experience longer-term memory loss but this usually resolves after the completion of treatment. Permanent memory loss of events that occurred close to treatment time is also possible.

Immediately following treatment, you may experience some confusion, which usually stops within an hour. You may experience a headache or nausea, but this is rare and treatable with over-the-counter medications. If you have heart disease, ECT may put you at risk for complications, which is why we use cardiac monitoring and provide additional medications if necessary.

You can and will talk with your physician about the risk and benefits of this option.

Inpatient Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

An average of 115 Americans die each day from an opiod overdose.2 In 2017, more people died from taking synthetic opiods like fentanyl than from heroin, cocaine, or meth.3 1.5 million adults and 623,000 youths (ages 12-17) are addicted to alcohol, and alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the US.4

Drugs involved in US Overdose Deaths (2017)3

  • Synthetic opiods, including fentanyl: 29,406
  • Prescription opiods: 19,354
  • Heroin: 15,958
  • Methamphetamine: 10,721
  • Cocaine: 14,556
  • Benzodiazepines: 10,684

Drug overdose deaths have increased 310 percent since 2002.3

More than 1 in 10 US children live with a parent who has alcohol dependency problems.4

The impact of alcohol abuse4

  • In 2014, 31% of all driving fatalities were caused by alcohol-impaired driving
  • 25% of all deaths among people ages 20 to 39 can be attributed to alcohol
  • Alcohol contributes to more than 200 diseases and injury-related conditions

Our highly-trained substance abuse specialists will help you work toward recovery. The Behavioral Rehabilitation Unit offers 24/7 care for patients ages 19 and over. We rely on a team of professionals with many different approaches, including certified alcoholism counselors and activities therapists, who can help you overcome addiction.

Please note that we cannot treat acute withdrawal in the Behavioral Rehabilitation Unit. If you think you are having dangerous withdrawal symptoms, or if you or someone you know has overdosed, call 911 or seek emergency care right away.

Please call for Inpatient Substance Abuse Rehab Admissions.

(914) 366-3027

1. Mental health of older adults. World Health Organization. December 2017. Accessed August 21, 2018.
2. Understanding the Epidemic. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 2017. Accessed August 21, 2018.
3. Overdose Death Rates. National Institute on Drug Abuse. August 2018. Accessed August 21, 2018.
4. Alcohol Facts and Statistics. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. August 2018. Accessed August 21, 2018.