Behavioral Health Services

Porter Adventist Hospital

Psyciatric Inpatient Unit at Porter Adventist Hospital
2525 S Downing
Denver, Colorado 80210

Behavioral Health Services

Porter Adventist Hospital

Senior Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

Porter Senior Psychiatric unit is dedicated to providing psychiatric hospitalization to those over 60 years of age. Patients can be treated for any one of a number of acute or chronic psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to: severe depression/suicidality, anxiety, psychosis, and bi-polar disorder. Knowing that many of our older patients will have chronic, and at times complex, medical problems, Porter Adventist Hospital's medical staff will provide initial admitting history and physical admission and concurrent medical coverage, as needed, during the hospital stay.

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  • Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Overview

    This is an acute care inpatient specialty unit, and is reserved for individuals requiring a highly structured environment with 24/7 observation to:

    • Prevent harm to self.
    • Prevent harm to others due to psychiatric illness or other conditions producing dangerous behaviors.
    • Prevent harm due to grossly impaired functioning due to psychiatric illness or other related conditions.
    • Control mania or psychosis that cannot be managed in the individual's current environment.  

    Patients on the unit will receive:

    • Ongoing medication consultation by a licensed, board certified psychiatrist.
    • Coordination of services by a treatment team of professionals led by the attending psychiatrist.
    • Discharge planning by a master's prepared social worker.
    • Group sessions by social workers, occupational therapists, registered nurses, recreational therapists and other professionals.
    • Neuro-psych testing if it is determined that it is needed.


    • Newly renovated and tailored to meet the needs of older adults
    • 14 private rooms with bathroom en suite
    • Comfortable, homelike atmosphere 
  • Admission

    There may be many reasons why an individual may not meet criteria for admission to Porter Adventist Hospital Senior Psychiatric; however the most prevalent reason is a medical condition that is not able to be treated on a specialty psychiatric unit. However, when approved, Porter will work with those with complicating medical conditions and may require consultation and coordination with Porter Adventist Hospital on-site medical team.

  • Our Expert Clinical Team

    Our Expert Clinical Team

    • Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatrists
    • Registered Nurses
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
    • Mental Health Counselors
  • Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE)

    Porter Adventist hospital has recently earned the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) designation, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment to excellence in geriatric care. Through Porter’s participation in the NICHE program — a leading elder care nursing program — we are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches promoting better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for older adults. This leads to greater satisfaction rates for patients, families and staff.

  • 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:
      • Monday - Friday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      • Weekend and holidays: 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.
    • 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.

    To learn more about the Behavioral Health Services, download brochure.

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

    Visit Porter Adventist Hospital Visitor Information.

  • Insurance

    The Centre for Behavioral Health is contracted with most major insurance plans including Medicare.

    The Center for Behavioral Health does not accept Medicaid  for the following services:

    • Outpatient Therapy
    • Medication Management

    Porter Adventist Hospital accepts most major insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid for Adult and Senior Inpatient Acute Hospitalization and both Inpatient and Outpatient Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).