PATIENT CARE: CLINICAL DIVISIONS
Inpatient General Psychiatry
The inpatient psychiatry service consists of 94 psychiatry beds distributed among three separate units. The units provide specialized care in adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and dual-diagnosis (addiction psychiatry). All units are locked units and can accommodate voluntary and involuntary patients. All units at Beth Israel are teaching units, and residents, fellows, medical students, and psychologists, in addition to attendings, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and occupational therapists, are important components of the treatment team.
Emergency Room Psychiatry
Our Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Program (CPEP) opened in December, 2009. The CPEP provides for round the clock in-house attending coverage in an emergency room designated specifically for psychiatric patients. The CPEP includes 6 Extended Observation Beds where adult and adolescent patients can be evaluated for up to 72 hours. The CPEP also includes a Mobile Crisis Team that provides intensive follow up and outreach to patients in the community.
Beth Israel's outpatient psychiatric clinic predominately services the diverse east village/lower east side neighborhood surrounding the hospital, but has patients from all five boroughs of New York City and greater New York City area. The clinic treats children, adults, and geriatric patients with the full spectrum of psychiatric diagnoses, and is a teaching site for psychiatry residents and fellows, as well as psychology interns and externs, and social work students.
Division of Geropsychiatry
The Division of Geropsychiatry is committed to a respectful concern for the elderly and aged who suffer from mental illness. The service maintains inpatient and outpatient services (including 16 dedicated inpatient beds), and liaisons with a nursing home, a geriatric medical service and a naturally occurring retirement community (NORC). The staff conducts research on Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, late-life depression, community treatment of the elderly, and sexual function in the elderly. The service is headed by Dr. Melinda Lantz.
Division of Addiction Psychiatry
The Division of Addiction Psychiatry offers state-of-the-art treatment for patients with substance abuse and comorbid psychiatric illness. Beth Israel offers a full dual-diagnosis inpatient unit with 28 beds, as well as an outpatient dual-diagnosis service. The Division also includes 1 units for inpatient detox, 1 unit for 14-28 day drug rehabilitation, and a large number of Opiate Treatment Programs. The Addiction Division also collaborates with Beth Israel's pain department.
Division of Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation/Liaison)
Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation/Liaison) has developed as a specialized area of expertise in teaching hospitals due to the complex interface between medicine and psychiatry. Typical consultations address the effects of medication and metabolic abnormalities on mood, cognition and behavior; the psychological impact of medical illness; the impact of the hospital environment; and the patient's ability to participate in decisions about his/her care. The service is headed by Dr. Daniel Safin.
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The multidisciplinary Child Psychiatry service provides clinical assessment and treatment to children and adolescents in the department's outpatient service, including individual psychotherapy, parental counseling, family therapy, group therapy, and pharmacotherapy. Consults in the emergency department and on the inpatient pediatric unit are also provided. The service is headed by Dr. Manuella Zisu. Fellows from the Mount Sinai Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship rotate at Beth Israel and contribute to the academic environment.
Division of Neurobehavior and Alzheimer's Disease
The Betty and Morton Yarmon Division of Neurobehavior and Alzheimer's Disease is a consultation and treatment service headed by Todd Feinberg, MD, board certified in both psychiatry and neurology. The division cares for patients who have neurological disorders and who have concurrent symptoms or behaviors of neuropsychiatric origin. The center specializes in the diagnosis and management of dementia. Staff also evaluates patients with primary psychiatric disorders in whom neurological factors are relevant.
Division of Biological/Research
The Department of Psychiatry has an extensive commitment to clinical research. The research division is headed by Igor Galynker, MD, PhD, and is staffed by research coordinators and several research assistants. Residents are exposed to the ongoing research of the department and are encouraged to develop their own research projects early in their training.
Division of Psychology
The Division of Psychology has a presence on all clinical treatment teams, both inpatient and outpatient. There are 29 supervising psychologists and nine volunteers within the division. The psychologists provide psychological testing and clinical expertise in:
The division has a nationally recognized psychology internship and accepts six interns per year. It also accepts 50 to 60 psychology externs each year from graduate school training programs.
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