Healthcare Services and Programs

find a doctorview our locationsAt OhioHealth Behavioral Health, our experts use their knowledge and experience to meet our patients’ inpatient and outpatient behavioral health needs and to facilitate their care. We treat adults 18 years of age and older, except the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO), which serves people of all ages. Our behavioral health programs and services for patients include:

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

ECT is a safe and effective treatment for some psychiatric disorders. A mild electric stimulus is passed through the brain (while under anesthesia), triggering a brief seizure. ECT probably works by altering brain chemicals to reverse symptoms and provide rapid improvement of certain mental illnesses. It is thought that ECT causes areas of the brain responsible for controlling emotions and thoughts to return to a more stable condition, and it often works when other treatments are unsuccessful.

Family Support Group

Often friends and family members of adults with mental illness do not know where to turn to get the support they themselves need. Our Behavioral Health Family Support Group allows friends/family members to share challenges, receive support, and gain tips on navigating the mental health system. The support group meets on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the Dempsey Family and Education Center at Riverside Methodist Hospital. The group is free, limited to adults, and open to the community. No registration is required. Read more (PDF).

Inpatient Behavioral Health Care

Inpatient care is often recommended when the emotional, psychological and behavioral problems have reached a crisis and the patient needs a safe environment to stabilize. As the crisis is addressed, the behavioral health team assesses the need for follow-up outpatient care and puts a plan in place to support the patient's continued recovery. Services include medication management, group therapy and activities, ECT, further consultation and education.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The Intensive Outpatient Program is used as either a step-down from inpatient care or to help patients avoid hospitalization. This behavioral health program provides treatment, medication stabilization and education in a structured group therapy format. The group discussion and activities focus on helping patients understand their diagnoses, manage symptoms and increase their ability to function day to day. Read more (PDF).

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) 

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is designed to treat people with symptoms of depression, anxiety and/or disorganized thoughts that have increased to a point where they are affecting the person's ability to function day to day. The goal of this program is to stabilize the acute symptoms and help people return to more normal levels of functioning. At times people come to the program following an inpatient stay, at other times from living in their community. Length of stay varies and is determined by each individual's needs. Read more (PDF).

Psychiatric Emergency Services

A psychiatric assessment and evaluation is available to patients receiving care in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center, Doctors Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital and Westerville Medical Campus emergency departments. The assessment and evaluation are done by a psychiatric clinician (social worker or counselor).

Services for Employers: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 

We all have problems at one time or another that we can't always handle on our own. The OhioHealth Employee Assistance Program is an employer-sponsored benefit that provides confidential support for employees' job-related or off-the-job issues. We also offer employee training and management consultation on a variety of behavioral health issues that can affect workplace productivity and morale. Read more (PDF).

Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio 

The Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) is the rape crisis intervention and prevention program for central Ohio. SARNCO provides advocacy and emotional support services in conjunction with medical and social services at central Ohio OhioHealth emergency departments and in other local facilities. SARNCO also provides extensive community outreach and prevention programs throughout central Ohio. SARNCO's 24-Hour Rape Helpline is (614) 267.7020 or toll-free via the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) at 1 (800) 656.HOPE (4673).

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS) 

TMS Therapy uses highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate the areas of the brain thought to control mood. Research suggests TMS Therapy causes neurons to become active, leading to the release of neurotransmitters to relieve symptoms of depression. Each treatment involves gentle placement of the magnetic coil against the patient's head. TMS Therapy utilizes a technology similar to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that has a long-term record of safety. Read more (PDF).

For Physicians 

 We offer the following services that physicians may request for their patients:

Behavioral Health Outpatient Physician and Nurse Practitioner Services 

Outpatient physician and nurse practitioner services are available for patients who are in transition awaiting linkage to an ongoing physician for their behavioral health needs, or for consultations by primary care physicians or multidisciplinary physicians. This service area only accepts referrals from OhioHealth partners and associated care sites.

Consultation/Liaison Services 

Physicians may request a psychiatric assessment and evaluation for medical patients with psychiatric complications who are currently receiving inpatient care at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Grant Medical Center or Dublin Methodist Hospital. A psychiatrist or advance practice nurse will evaluate the patient, make recommendations for treatment and follow the patient's course of care until he/she is stabilized.

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