Haywood Regional Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) is a 16-bed adult (18-55) psychiatric inpatient program. The unit is located on the west wing of the sixth floor and is a safe and secure unit. Individuals who are considered for admission to the unit must meet criteria showing a need for admission for inpatient psychiatric care. These individuals may be experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis, complications related to noncompliance with medications, or be distressed to the level that they have become a danger to themselves or others. Our dedicated multi-disciplinary team provides individualized and comprehensive treatment that goes beyond simply acute stabilization. The BHU excels in providing individuals with the skills and resources necessary to maintain their journey to wellness well beyond their discharge. We strive to create an environment that is free of negative stigmas about mental illness and provide individuals with the atmosphere and support to begin their recovery.
The Haywood Regional behavioral health team is made up of made up of psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, registered nurses, community mental health assistants and peer support specialists.
What is the average length of stay?
While the average length of stay for each individual varies, the BHU is committed to both acute stabilization of symptoms and setting individuals up for long term physical, emotional, and psychological wellness. Most individuals do not stay more than 10 days.
What is the visitation/ phone policy?
Click HERE for full visitation information during COVID-19.
Phone Calls: There is access to a community phone during free times at no cost.
Do you take insurance?
We accept all insurance plans. We will file all claims with your insurance company. The amount paid by your insurance will depend on who your insurance company is and your in and out of network coverage benefits. Individuals with Medicaid and Medicare or state funding through Vaya Health are also accepted.
How will the BHU ensure my safety?
Physical and emotional safety are our #1 priority. We provide an environment that is engineered for maximum safety. We maintain 24-hour observations/support with the least restrictive interventions.
Are private rooms available?
Each individual enjoys a private room with a private bathroom.
A 16 bed unit providing a spectrum of psychiatric and medical care in an environment designed specifically to meet the safety needs for senior adults requiring 24-hour in-patient hospital care.
A multidisciplinary team of clinicians conducts mental, cognitive and medical assessments and develops customized treatment plans for patients. Attending psychiatrists and registered nurses will be on staff as well as mental health technicians, counselors, a psychologist, an activities coordinator and licensed clinical social workers. Program services include providing a safe environment with 24-hour monitoring and supervision, diagnostic services, medication evaluation and treatment, dietary evaluation, group counseling, individual counseling, physical and occupational rehabilitation, recreational therapy, and specialized care coordination with outpatient providers.
The Senior Behavioral Health Unit is equipped to facilitate meeting the unique needs of the elderly population, including:
The goal is to stabilize the patient while in the hospital setting and help each patient to determine safe and suitable living options upon discharge. It is not a long-term care facility - the average stay is 14 to 16 days. Senior adults (ages 55 and older) who are considered for treatment at Haywood Regional’s Senior Behavioral Health unit have acuity levels to meet the criteria for an intensive inpatient admission, such as:
If at any time you do not feel safe, or feel like hurting yourself or others,
please call 911 or your local crisis service provider.
The following telephone hotline is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline