VA Bedford Healthcare System
Mental Health Acute Inpatient Treatment
Acute Inpatient Psychiatric treatment is hosted on the fourth floor of Building 78, or “78G.” Most Veterans are admitted for brief crisis intervention or detoxification. Individualized treatment typically includes medication and individual and group therapy, supplemented by a therapeutic milieu, occupational and recreational therapy, rehabilitative work, chaplain services, and case management. Post-acute care is planned, including a variety of options from intensive outpatient treatment to outpatient clinic or residential follow-up services.
Bedford VAMC checks on discharged Veteran’s progress within one week after they leave the hospital. This evaluation might be by telephone or, possibly, in person, to make sure the Veteran is doing well. We also ask the Veteran to come back for a follow-up appointment within a week after discharge.
Smoking cessation assistance is provided.
To refer a Veteran please call 781-687-4333
After-Hours Mental Health Emergencies
Urgent Admissions for psychiatric care can be arranged after hours through the Administrative Officer of the Day. Dial Direct 781-687-4333 or through Urgent Care, Building 78, first floor.
We’ll verify this for you with demographic data from the patient.
NON-URGENT INPATIENT REFERRALS
Contact Mental Health Admissions Staff
The Geropsychiatry Unit is a locked 35 bed inpatient geropsychiatry unit. The goal is to provide ongoing care and rehabilitation for chronic psychiatric patients in a secure and therapeutic environment. The interdisciplinary team consists of a psychiatrist, nurse manager, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, nurse practitioner, social worker, recreational and occupational therapists, and a nutritionist.
Patients are transferred to this unit either from acute psychiatry or one of the nursing home care units. Very occasionally patients are admitted directly from residential care homes or other VA hospitals. Candidates for admission to the Geropsychiatry Unit will not be suicidal, homicidal, or so acutely psychotic that they will disrupt the milieu. The unit does not have the capacity to do seclusion and restraint, and does not provide oxygen or intravenous therapy.
Most of the patients on this unit have some combination of schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, organic brain syndrome, and dementia. The age ranges from 40 to 101 years old. About two thirds of the patients are elderly. Many of our patients have chronic medical problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension, and seizures. Length of stay is usually several months to several years.
Treatment planning is done by the interdisciplinary team with the inclusion of the patient, at least every 90 days. If possible family members are also included.
The goals of treatment are to improve and maintain level of functioning and quality of life. Placement options include residential care, community nursing homes, or the VA nursing home care unit.
Supportive weekly small meetings are held to encourage patients to share their concerns. Patients are also encouraged to attend other activities in the hospital, such as the CSP program and the CWT program. Some of our patients see individual therapists as well.
- Bedford VA Medical Center thru MH Clinic
Hours of Operation
- Day and Night