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Behavioral Health

Ascension Crittenton’s Behavioral Health Center is an acute care inpatient facility. Inpatient hospitalization involves stabilizing the crises that led to the hospitalization, providing a thorough evaluation, developing an individualized treatment plan and coordinating care in a supportive environment that provides 24 hour nursing care. We offer individualized care in a warm, supportive atmosphere.

Behavioral symptoms can stem from a variety of factors (e.g. medical, emotional, substance induced) and we believe that an individualized treatment plan should be based on such an understanding. At Ascension Crittenton, our psychiatrists are hospital based and are supported by a team of specialists (medical, neuropsychiatry) to help in formulating such a plan.

At the time of admission each patient is assigned a treatment team. The treatment team is comprised of a Psychiatrist, Primary Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, and a Mental Health Technician. Each patient is assigned a Medical Doctor to address any medical needs. If additional consultants are needed they will be consulted on a case by case basis.

Ascension Crittenton’s accepts both voluntary and involuntary admissions 24 hours a day. Referrals may be made by physicians, psychologists, social workers, mental health professionals, social service agencies, family members or friends. The final decision regarding admission is made by a psychiatrist. For more information or a confidential assessment, please call Psychiatric Intake at (248) 652-5797.

If you have a family member recently admitted to Ascension Crittenton’s Behavioral Health Center, read this helpful information.

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Visiting Hours

Wednesdays – 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Community Meeting

Your Mental Health Techs run this group daily, and it reviews the daily schedule, unit expectations, and each patient will review the goal that was set in goals group the night before for the day.

Healthy Living

Your Mental Health Techs run this group which reviews a variety of topics related to physical, emotional and mental health.


Either a Registered Nurse or a Mental Health Tech will run this group which provides you the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that can help you relax.

Social Recreation

Mental Health Techs run this group which offers ice breaking activities to help you socialize and get to know your peers.

Goal Group

Mental Health Techs run this group in which you will reflect on your day and set a goal for the next day for you to focus on. Your goal should be related to why you are here on the Behavioral Health Unit.

Orientation Group

This group is a group that our Occupational Therapist does to help new patients learn about OT. In this group you will complete handouts on coping skills.

Life skills

In this group the Occupational Therapist will evaluate any concerns about living independently. You will learn to live a safer lifestyle.

Armchair Exercises

Mental Health Techs run this group which offers a sitting down light aerobic exercise.

RN Education Group

A Registered Nurse will run this group which reviews symptoms that you may be experiencing, provides education on the symptoms, and reviews medications that are used to treat the common symptoms.

Pet Therapy

This group is offered when Pet Therapy International is able to visit our unit, usually twice a month. The OT will approach patients who are eligible to attend the group.

Therapeutic Crafts

In this group offered by the OT, the OT will evaluate your concentration, impulsivity and organization through an offered task.

Group Therapy-Focus and Insight

Your Social worker will assign you to either the focus or insight group therapy sessions based on your progression in your treatment plan. The Focus group is intended for newly admitted patients as well as patients with poor concentration and confusion including patients with dementia. The Insight group is a group for patients who are adjusting to the unit and are able to interact with peers on a variety of topics pertaining to mental health disorders.

Coping Skills

Your Occupational Therapist will evaluate present coping strategies and teach more constructive ways to deal with concerns.