Westchester Behavioral Health Center Overview


Westchester Behavioral Health Center

The top-ranked psychiatry hospital in New York and among the best in the U.S.

Services We Provide

Center for Autism and the Developing Brain

The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain serves the needs of patients with autism spectrum disorders and other brain development disorders. Serving patients of all ages, the Center provides comprehensive, integrated clinical care in a patient- and family-centered environment. Patients benefit from an array of diagnostic, early intervention, and multidisciplinary therapeutic services. The Center offers parent support groups, family education, and counseling, as well as gap services to aid families during planning for future treatment and utilization of community-based resources.  A collaboration of NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in partnership with NEXT for AUTISM, the Center is located in a historic former gymnasium that has been redesigned to provide a calming and quiet setting conducive for patients with autism.

Geriatric Psychiatry

The Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry has gained national recognition for excellence in specialized clinical care, research, and training in depression and other mood disorders of older adults. Our clinical services consist of personalized programs of care aimed at eliminating or reducing psychiatric symptoms and facilitating adaptation to limitations that are often a part of late-life. Experts in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, group therapy, family consultations, and assistance with social support services provide complete support to our patients.  We have an expansive research program ranging from biological causes of geropsychiatric disorders to novel treatment development to health services delivery research. The program’s research in geriatric mood disorders has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health for nearly 30 years.

Eating Disorders – The Outlook

The Outlook at Westchester provides a therapeutic inpatient setting focusing on recovery for females and males with eating disorders. The program – a collaboration of NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in affiliation with the New York State Psychiatric Institute – offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and programming that is developmentally appropriate for adolescents and adults. Our nationally recognized eating disorders specialists provide individual and group psychotherapy, as well as family therapy, accredited school programs, and therapeutic recreational activities.

College Program

Our College Student Program works with undergraduate and graduate institutions in the tri-state area to assist with the management of students in crisis as they transition to college life. The unit operates on the principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, providing the optimal treatment approach.  We provide individual and group therapy targeting coping skills and evidence-based care for mood disorders and first-episode psychosis.  Our staff partners with the student, family, and school to formulate the most appropriate and safest discharge plan. 

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Our Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center maintains a database of clinicians, agencies, and facilities nationwide with experience in the treatment of BPD and co-existing disorders. If you believe you or a loved one may have BPD or for more information , contact the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center at 888-694-2273 or at [email protected]. Only a mental health professional can diagnose BPD after a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Our compassionate certified social workers can help you determine the next steps for you or your loved one and connect you and your family members with resources in your area.

Visit NewYork-Presbyterian Psychiatry for more information.