Geriatric Psychiatry

Admission Criteria

  • Patient presents an acute exacerbation of psychological symptoms negatively impacting levels of functioning that don’t necessitate more intensive services.
  • Services must be reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis and provide active treatment of the patient’s condition.
  • Patient must be able to demonstrate on standardized tests moderate to high levels of cognitive functioning that will allow them to:
    – Voluntarily seek services
    – Demonstrate functional/cognitive gains from the group process
    – Actively participate in their own treatment and discharge planning
  • Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) score should typically be 40+
  • Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) score should typically be 16+
  • Patient must be able to fully function to the extent that safety issues do not arise (typically this means being able to transfer or stand, bear weight, and pivot while transferring to seat or toilet).
  • Patients must not present an imminent danger to self or others.
  • Diagnoses of early-mid stages of Alzheimer’s or Dementia are acceptable if they are not the primary diagnosis and the above criteria are met.
  • This program is not appropriate for those requiring primarily social, custodial, recreational, or respite care.

Quick Facts

  • The most common primary diagnoses among our patients are mood or anxiety disorders.
  • Our average daily census: six patients
  • Average length of treatment program: 45 treatment days
  • Typically a patient is admitted for three to four days of treatment per week and the frequency of treatments is reduced as the patient
    makes progress on his or her treatment goals.