Psychiatry – Patient Care and Treatment
Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care
We provide psychiatric consultation to patients at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a wide range of treatment options in various outpatient settings.
We also care for patients with our clinical partner, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI). At PPI we provide inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services for mature adults, adults, children and adolescents, including those with intellectual disabilities.
Psychiatric consultation and liaison
We provide mental health assessment and intervention services for adults hospitalized at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. We support the medical and surgical teams at the hospital for management of mental health issues.
Inpatient hospitalization for adults with emotional and behavioral difficulties is coordinated through the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI). Services include individual, group, milieu, and music therapies as well as psychopharmacology.
General outpatient consultations
Individual outpatients are seen through the Penn State Medical Group and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI). We provide both counseling and psychopharmacological treatments. Through our Penn State Clinical Assessment and Rating Evaluation System (PCARES), we are using validated, evidence-based tools for individualized evaluation in a measurement-based care approach.
Partial Hospitalization Program
Programs are offered through the Penn State Medical Group and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute.
Mood Disorders Clinic
We provide a comprehensive evaluation for diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, and pervasive depressive disorder. We use validated, evidence-based tools for evaluation and monitoring of symptoms under the principle of measurement-based care. We customize treatment to each individual, tailoring evidence-based treatments to meet the needs of our patients and families. For information about our services and research studies please call 717 531 0003 ext. 285968.
Sleep Research and Treatment Center
We evaluate and manage behavioral sleep disorders. Services include polysomnography and interpretation, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.
Eating Disorders Program
In collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Adolescent Medicine, we provide an intensive eating disorders outpatient program and partial hospitalization program for older adolescents and adults.
Electroconvulsive Therapies (ECT)
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a procedure used to treat severe depression. It may be used for people who have delusions, hallucinations or suicidal thoughts or when other treatments such as psychotherapy and antidepressant medications have not worked. It is also used for other psychiatric and neurological conditions.
Child Integrated Care Programs
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State Children’s Hospital offers assessment and counseling services directly in medical offices across the street from the Children’s Hospital campus so children can receive treatment in the same place they received the rest of their medical care. Learn more about our Integrative Care Services.
Adult Integrated Care Programs
Adult Integrated Care Programs at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center include involvement of the psychiatric consultation service in the epilepsy clinic (Neurology), Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic (Gastroenterology division of Internal Medicine), Eating Disorders Clinic (Pediatrics) and evaluation services (encompassing collaboration with several transplant services, including abdominal organs, hearts/LVADs and bone marrow, through their respective services), as well as outpatient collaboration with Family and Community Medicine.
These clinics are accessed through their non-psychiatric partners.