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Short Stay Inpatient Unit

Directors: Geetha Jayaram, M.D. and Jeffery Janofsky, M.D.

The Meyer 3 Short Stay service is an innovative service for the treatment of severely mentally ill patients. It caters to patients admitted primarily from the emergency department and the outpatient programs. The goal is to stabilize patients quickly and to return them to step-down programs in the day hospital, substance abuse programs or to intensive outpatient treatment. The service generally treats patients between the ages of 18 and 64. The focus of the service is multi-disciplinary treatment using community psychiatry principles, addressing psychosocial needs of the patients, working with families and other support systems in the community. The service treats patients who suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar illness, substance abuse and other comorbid conditions.

Patients who are admitted receive a comprehensive evaluation in the first 48 hours, are given a physical exam and placed on medications for acute symptom relief. They are diagnosed by the team and engaged in a treatment plan appropriate to their needs. Generally, evaluations also include assessments of functional capacity, need for support in the community, care for medical problems and other needs. Outpatient caregivers are usually contacted for input and followup. Assistance in complying with care requirements is usually provided. Acute medical problems are investigated and treated.

In addition to the attending psychiatrist the treatment team is comprised of senior clinical nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, substance abuse counselors and psychiatric residents. The longitudinal care of the patient is addressed by the multidisciplinary team, outpatient treatment providers and care providers. The mission of the service is to integrate clinical care, teaching and research to best treat psychiatrically ill patients.

About the Directors: Dr. Geetha Jayaram has over 20 years of experience in community psychiatry and expertise in administration, patient safety and quality assurance. She is the Department's Physician Advisor, and supervises medical staff and residents in learning about safe care. Dr. Jeffrey Janofsky, the co-attending physician on the service, has extensive experience in community psychiatry and forensics. He teaches residents the principles of forensic psychiatry. Together, Drs. Jayaram and Janofsky have published numerous articles on the care of patients in the field of community psychiatry.

Please call (410) 955-5104 or visit the Adult Psychiatry Admissions for additional information about arranging an admission.

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