Inpatient Psychiatry

Anne E. Ruble, M.D., M.P.H., Vinay Parekh, M.D.


  • Defined as 24-hour services that are delivered in a licensed hospital setting
    • May be part of a general hospital or an independent psychiatric hospital
    • May be private, academic, or state-operated
  • Provides clinical intervention for mental health and/or substance use disorders
  • Interventions are delivered in a physically secure and safe setting and include:
    • A full range of intensive evaluation (diagnostic) services
    • Educational and therapeutic services
    • The ability to provide acute psychiatric interventions
      • Medication titration
      • Procedures (e.g., electroconvulsive therapy)
      • Behavior monitoring
      • Intensive brief psychotherapy
      • Social work support
  • Admission into this level of care (the highest level of psychiatric care) is to treat serious or dangerous conditions that require rapid stabilization of symptoms, 24-hour nursing supervision, and immediate availability of medical staff.

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Last updated: January 8, 2022