Behavioral Health Services

Porter Adventist Hospital

2525 S. Downing St
Denver, Colorado 80210

39.6700386, -104.9748195

Latitude: 39.6700386, Longitude: -104.9748195

Behavioral Health Services

Porter Adventist Hospital

Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

The acute care  unit at Porter Adventist Hospital provides psychiatric hospitalization for adult patients with severe mental health conditions such as: schizophrenia, major depression and anxiety disorders.

Hospitalization includes an active treatment program utilizing behavioral therapy groups, occupational and recreational therapy groups, nursing groups, and one-on-one counseling. Each patient has a social worker who coordinates care, and a psychiatrist who regularly consults on medication and all aspects of their care. The average length of stay for most patients is five to six days, although, this may vary depending upon medical needs.  

Porter Adventist Hospital is a TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS. There is no smoking or use of other tobacco products (chewing, dipping, etc.) on this unit or anywhere else on the hospital campus. For our patients who do smoke we will provide nicotine patches or gum to help with this transition.

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  • Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Services

    • Ongoing medication consultation and treatment coordination with a licensed psychiatrist.
    • Coordination of services and discharge planning with a masters-level social worker.
    • One-on-one counseling with mental health counselors.
    • Daily group sessions with registered nurses, mental health counselors, occupational therapists, and recreation therapists.
  • Criteria for Admission

    Acute care inpatient hospitalization is the most restrictive level of care in behavioral health and is usually reserved for situations where the patient requires a highly structured environment to:

    • Prevent harm to self.
    • Prevent harm to others due to psychiatric illness or condition.
    • Prevent harm from grossly impaired functioning due to psychiatric illness.
    • Mania or psychosis that is unable to be safely managed on an outpatient basis.

    Those who require a less restrictive level of care than inpatient acute care may seek admission in the Porter Adventist Hospital Mental Health IOP or The Centre for Behavioral Health.

    Patients who are no longer in need of inpatient acute care services may be referred to the Porter Adventist Hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Program or the Centre for Behavioral Health for ongoing treatment when appropriate.

  • Our Expert Clinical Team

    • Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatrists
    • Registered Nurses
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
    • Mental Health Counselors
  • Information for Families & Friends

    Please keep in mind that Acute Care is a locked unit. We cannot confirm or deny the presence of any patients without their permission in compliance with HIPAA regulations.

    All visitors must be approved before they can enter the unit:

    • Weekday visiting hours are Monday - Friday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Weekend and holiday visiting hours: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Phone calls can be placed and received during the time between group sessions.
    • Enter and exit the unit as quickly as possible. Please do not hold the unit door open for anyone. This may seem impolite, but it is an important safety issue. Each visitor must be cleared by staff for entry to or exit from the unit.
    • Keep in mind that there are many items that may be considered dangerous items (SHARPS). These items can include obvious weapons like guns or knives, but can also include mace, glass mirrors, glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, among other things. All visitors are required to report all items brought to the unit to the staff. All possessions brought to patients must be cleared by staff first.
    • No visitors under the age of 14 are allowed on the unit

    For more information download the Behavioral Health Services brochure.

    For more information about patient privacy and visiting guidelines, download the Behavioral Health Privacy and Visiting Guidelines.

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  • Insurance

    Porter Adventist Hospital and The Centre for Behavioral Health are both contracted with most major insurance plans including Medicare.

    Medicaid for Behavioral Health Services
    Porter Adventist Hospital accepts Medicaid for Adult and Senior Inpatient Acute Hospitalization and both Inpatient and Outpatient Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

    The Center for Behavioral Health accepts ABC and BHI Medicaid only for our Substance Use Intensive Outpatient Program (SU-IOP).

    Currently, we are not able to accept Medicaid for the following services:

    • Outpatient Therapy
    • Medication Management
    • Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (MH-IOP)
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program (DBT-IOP)

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