Singing River Health System’s behavioral health services offers physician-supervised inpatient and outpatient programs tailored to meet the needs of those requiring mental health treatment and support.
While many mental health problems can be resolved through outpatient programs, some require immediate attention and may require hospitalization. Any person who presents a danger to himself or others should consider hospitalization.
- Treatment of, but not limited to, depression, suicidal thoughts, mood swings, behavioral disturbances, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders and schizophrenia
- Behavioral modification and parent management services
- Comprehensive medical/psychiatric evaluations
- Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) – a modern medical treatment for certain psychiatric disorders
- Evaluation and treatment of depression
- Evaluation and treatment of anxiety disorders
- Evaluation and treatment of complex psychiatric disorders
- Substance abuse education
- Therapy services
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – Trauma Therapy
Crisis Intervention Program
The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) provides confidential behavioral health assessments and crisis intervention in the emergency department and inpatient units at Singing River Hospital and Ocean Springs Hospital. A specially trained RN or master’s level mental health professional meets with the patient and family and collaborates with the patient’s care team and the psychiatrist to determine how to best assist the individual. In some cases, the individual is given one-on-one assistance to work through the crisis, mobilize support and link to appropriate community resources. When psychiatric hospitalization is necessary for crisis stabilization, the CIP team member helps to facilitate admission while providing education and support for the patient and family.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
The most common indications are major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Typically, ECT is administered to persons whose symptoms are severe or treatment resistive. In this treatment, the patient goes to sleep under general anesthesia, receives muscle relaxants and oxygen, and then receives a brief electrical stimulation to the scalp. The resultant nerve-cell activity releases chemicals in the brain and helps restore normal functioning.
The clinical staff of Singing River Health System’s behavioral health services provides confidential assessments for the purpose of determining your specific need for our services.
Assessments are performed by qualified behavioral health professionals who, under physician direction, determine the need for intervention and provide referral for the most appropriate level of treatment. Should treatment in the program not be a viable option, every effort will be made to provide information and referral to the most appropriate treatment alternative available.
Referrals and Assessments
Referrals may be made by physicians, nurses, family members, clergy, nursing and assisted living homes, social workers, law enforcement or others concerned about the welfare of an individual. Individuals may also inquire about the program on their own behalf. All patients are assessed by a psychiatrist and mental health professional as part of the admission process.