Only one acute-care hospital in Anne Arundel County offers a full range of intensive mental health services for adult patients: University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
UM BWMC is proud to offer both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs aimed at providing a structured therapeutic environment for adults at least 18 years of age. We care for patients who have bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts or behavior, substance abuse problems, borderline personality disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, psychiatric crises and other behavioral health conditions and co-occurring disorders.
UM BWMC strives to provide individualized treatment, promote healthy coping skills and instill hope and confidence our patients need to thrive at home and in the community. Our individual and group psychoeducational services involve psychotherapy, community reintegration, medication stabilization and family consultation and education services.
Our interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, registered nurses, patient care technicians, occupational therapists and social workers develop treatment plans that are individualized for a patient’s specific needs. We provide referrals to private-practice psychiatrists, therapists and other community support services to ensure a patient’s continued wellness.
Our areas of specialized psychiatric care include:
- Inpatient psychiatric care – a secure nursing unit that provides short term acute care, overnight medical treatment and therapy to patients who need life-saving care for their behavioral health condition.
- Emergency department consults – our emergency physicians, mental health clinicians and psychiatrists collaborate to evaluate patients who arrive in a behavioral health emergency or crisis status as a result of mental illnesses and/or substance abuse disorders. Our dedicated behavioral health area in the ED provides a safe and reassuring environment.
- Patient consultations on our medical nursing units – our inpatient physicians and psychiatrists collaborate to consult with a patient who may be experiencing a co-occurring mental health disorder.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) – an intensive daytime treatment program (with ongoing full-day daily sessions) designed for mental health patients who are discharged from the hospital but require additional step down medical treatment. Patients receive medical and therapeutic care from a team of UM BWMC health professionals, including a social worker, occupational therapist, nurses and a psychiatrist. We offer transportation assistance.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – a daytime supportive treatment program (with ongoing half-day sessions) designed for mental health patients who are discharged from PHP but require additional treatment to support their recovery. Patients receive medical and therapeutic care from a team of UM BWMC health professionals, including a social worker, occupational therapist, nurses and a psychiatrist. We offer transportation assistance.
- Outpatient clinic – the “Bridge Clinic” helps transition discharged patients from UM BWMC to a successful life at home by providing medical and psychotherapy appointments between the time they leave the hospital and the day they can be seen for an appointment with a community health provider. This helps to bridge the gap psychiatric patients may have when experiencing a delay in available appointments. (The Bridge Clinic is currently not accepting patients.)
Contact the Psychiatry Department at UM BWMC:
- For Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient Program referrals and a tour of our facility: 410-553-8070
- For inpatient services: 410-787-4627
- For emergency services: 410-787-4306
- For our Behavioral Health Support Group: 410-787-8096
- For community resources, click here.