Hospital-Based Psychiatric Services

For individuals who need the highest-level of psychiatric care in a caring and compassionate environment, UC San Diego Health offers patients and families inpatient services within a fully staffed medical and surgical hospital.

Our inpatient services include:

  • A neuropsychiatric and behavioral medicine unit: This is a locked, 18-bed, self-contained area, providing comprehensive and intensive therapeutic services for adults with severe functional and organic psychiatric disorders. The primary focus of this unit is to provide treatment for emergent symptoms and to prepare patients for follow-up treatment in a less restrictive setting. We emphasize maximum patient participation and active problem solving and embrace a comprehensive approach to treatment and recovery that includes psychological, social and medical care services.
  • A geriatric inpatient unit: Through our highly respected Senior Behavioral Health program, we offer inpatient care in a comfortable, safe unit, specially designed for the needs of older adults with acute psychiatric disorders. Our care teams include nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and pharmacists, with expertise in geriatric care. Admission is voluntary and available only to adults 65 and older for short-term treatment. Older adults with sub-acute psychiatric problems or those who need transitional care from an inpatient setting may want to consider treatment through our Senior Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program.

Appointments & Referrals

Adult Inpatient (Hospitalization) Services

Geriatric Inpatient (Hospitalization) Services


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