Psychiatric Care - UM St. Joseph

UM St. Joseph Medical Center was the first community-based hospital in Maryland to develop a psychiatric unit, and one of few acute care facilities in the Baltimore area with an inpatient program.

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center offers a full range of psychiatric care, including our Behavioral Health Clinic, intensive outpatient program, partial hospitalization program and acute inpatient unit. We approach patient treatment holistically, recognizing the various needs of each individual and working with them to attain their mental health goals.

Behavioral Health Clinic

The Behavioral Health Clinic at the UM St. Joseph Medical Group Transitional Care Center is a rapidly accessible mental health clinic that serves patients who were recently discharged from the hospital or emergency department, as well as patients referred by ambulatory providers in the UM St. Joseph Medical Group. The clinic serves adult patients with a primary psychiatric disorder who have been referred by a UM St. Joseph provider.

Special areas of focus are mood disorders, women's mental health and patients experiencing both physical and mental health problems.

Services offered include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychiatric medication management, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and mental healthcare coordination services. Modalities of therapy include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral (DBT), supportive therapy and motivational interviewing.

Previously called "The Bridge Clinic," the Behavioral Health Clinic provides transitional support for patients for up to 90 days. The interdisciplinary care team crafts an individualized aftercare plan, which includes referral to ongoing mental health services if needed.

For more information, please call 410-427-5319

Intensive Outpatient Program

The intensive outpatient program (IOP) provides patients with a half-day of treatment from 8:30 a.m. -12 noon, 3 to 5 days a week. During this time the patient will attend a psycho-education group therapy session led by a nurse and a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) session led by a licensed social worker. While in the program the patient will be assessed daily by a registered nurse, and will also work with one of our team of psychiatrists and our social worker. Patients are typically referred to this program by an outpatient psychiatrist or therapist or by one of our inpatient providers.

Partial Hospitalization Program

The partial hospitalization program (PHP) is open M-F from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. While attending PHP, the patient will participate in 4 group therapy sessions daily. The morning sessions are psycho-education and CBT, the afternoon sessions are occupational therapy and art therapy. Every day, the patient will be assessed by our dedicated PHP registered nurse.

During the course of the program, the patient will have frequent interactions with a psychiatrist, social worker and occupational therapist. As with IOP, patients may be referred to the program by their outpatient therapist or psychiatrist or they may transition to this program from inpatient care.

To schedule an evaluation for our IOP or PHP program please call 410-337-1320 on weekdays between 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Acute Inpatient Care

UM St. Joseph also has a voluntary inpatient psychiatric unit which has the capacity to treat patients 18 and older who are in crisis resulting from psychiatric disorders such as:

  • Affective disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizoaffective disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance use disorders with coexisting psychiatric diagnosis

We are able to provide psychiatric care for patients while they are pregnant or experiencing mild medical challenges.

A dedicated multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, internists, registered nurses, social workers, certified occupational therapists, certified nursing assistants, art therapists and chaplains provide individualized and coordinated care during an inpatient admission. Patients receive individual, family and group therapy in a comfortable and therapeutic environment. Group therapies are run by the multidisciplinary team and have been developed to help our patients prepare for a successful return to their everyday lives.

For more information, please call 410-337-1580.

Psychiatry Leadership

Harry Brandt, MD - UM St. Joseph Medical Center - Psychiatry - Towson, MD
Harry A. Brandt, M.D.

Head, Department of Psychiatry
Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Harry Brandt, MD - UM St. Joseph Medical Center - Psychiatry - Towson, MD
Steven F. Crawford, M.D.
Assistant Head, Department of Psychiatry
Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association