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Behavioral Health Services at Suburban Hospital

Suburban doctor discusses care with behavioral health patient

Suburban Hospital provides an array of comprehensive behavioral health services for individuals with emotional problems, mental illness and addictive diseases, as well as services designed to foster mental health. Our treatment philosophy emphasizes respect for patient and family with the goal of providing care at the least restrictive level possible and within the local community.

Our primary service area is lower Montgomery County; however, we are recognized within the greater metropolitan D.C. area as a regional provider of mental health and addiction services. All behavioral programs are licensed by the State of Maryland and are accredited by The Joint Commission. Located at convenient sites in Montgomery County, Suburban Hospital's behavioral programs offer a broad range of services for adolescents and adults, including inpatient services, outpatient services, crisis intervention and addiction treatment.

Crisis Intervention

The Crisis Intervention Service (CIS) at Suburban Hospital began in November 1994 to provide specialized mental health assessments in the Emergency Department. Today, the Crisis Intervention Service offers psychiatric and addiction (i.e., alcohol and substance abuse) assessments of patients in an emergency department, as well as liaison services for medical patients. CIS staff can provide emergency assessments for patients referred by behavioral organizations and community therapists who may not be immediately available and need their clients seen in an emergency setting.

The CIS Team is comprised of licensed clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors in collaboration with a panel of psychiatrists who are committed to quality and cost-effective focused treatment. All patients are first screened and cleared medically by the Emergency Department staff before an assessment by the CIS. Patients may also be referred by themselves, family members, managed care company, healthcare professional, or via a medical consultation request.

The CIS team acts as consultants to physicians by providing crisis intervention and psychiatric/addiction assessments. The goal is to place patients in the least restrictive treatment setting, to offer stabilization and then a carefully designed appropriate treatment plan and referral. The CIS team also collaborates closely with outpatient providers and case managers. Since its inception, the CIS has improved:

  • Placement of patients at the appropriate level of care
  • Patient care due to increased response time
  • Collaboration with outpatient treatment providers
  • Access for patients to county resources

Contact Crisis Intervention

CIS staff coordinates with the referring agency/person to ensure continuity of care. During business hours, the CIS staff can be reached at 301-896-7696. For help or assistance after hours and on weekends, you may call the hospital operator at 301-896-3100 and ask for a crisis team member. 

For information on suicide prevention, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Inpatient Unit

Our 24-bed Behavioral Inpatient Unit for ages 16 and older provides a range of psychiatric, addiction and dual-diagnosis services. The unit is a voluntary, secured unit providing short-term evaluation, stabilization and treatment. The treatment philosophy emphasizes respect for patient and family with a goal to provide care at the least restrictive level possible and within the local community. The treatment provided is goal-oriented and supported by a multidisciplinary staff. 

Outpatient Services

The Behavioral Outpatient Mental Health Services program offers a comprehensive clinical continuum by providing the least restrictive, most effective level of care to individuals and their families. To support a successful discharge or avert hospitalization by providing intensive outpatient programming are our goals. These services are intended to complement concurrent individual therapy.

Clients need to be referred by a provider, Emergency Department or an inpatient unit.

For More Information

Our services are approved for coverage by most insurance companies and managed care plans. For more information, please call 301-896-2331. Our Outpatient Addiction Treatment Center can be reached at 301-896-2036.

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