Inpatient Treatment

The adult Behavioral Health Inpatient Program at Sentara RMH Medical Center provides diagnostic and treatment services for individuals (ages 18 and up) who are in acute crisis due to mental illness, emotional distress, or destructive behavioral patterns, or for those experiencing difficult life transitions or problems coping with daily life. The program is designed to stabilize patients who require a more controlled environment for healing and growth and facilitates a return to daily routines.

Our program utilizes a team approach that combines the diverse talents of our board certified psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, mental health technicians, grief counselor, substance abuse specialist, recreational therapists, social workers and pet therapy round out our multidisciplinary staff.

Inpatient Care Includes:

  • 24-hour nursing service
  • Daily treatment planning meetings with a physician
  • Medication management and education
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy, as clinically indicated
  • Patient psychoeducation groups
  • Pet therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Multidisciplinary team approach
  • Nutritional consultations and counseling/education
  • Case management and discharge planning that actively engages the patient and family
  • Our team of experts, along with patients and their families, determine personalized treatment and after-care plans which address a broad range of needs, with specific consideration given to each patient. Comprehensive assessment and treatment may include individual and group therapy, as well as family education.

Admission to the Sentara Behavioral Health unit is through the Psychiatric Emergency team located in the Sentara RMH Emergency Department.

At Sentara RMH, we use the Recovery of Hope model which provides the framework to begin addressing the elements necessary for recovery from mental illness or substance dependence. Recovery is a process of learning to manage illness, achieve personal goals, move forward with life, develop new meaning and/or restore aspects of life that make it fulfilling. The four basic principles or elements are:

  • Hope – Accepting the reality of the illness and the belief that recovery is possible.
  • Healing – The ability to define yourself separately from the illness and to play an active role in managing symptoms and treatment.
  • Empowerment – Taking responsibility for managing symptoms and work toward personal goals
  • Connections – Finding meaningful roles and developing social connections and relationships.