Inpatient Psychiatric Services for Women

The Women's Unit at the Westchester Behavioral Health Center provides comprehensive short-term intensive inpatient care for mental health concerns unique to women. The program serves women whose mental health problems would be best treated in a single-gender unit in a setting that is particularly sensitive to social and cultural diversities.

Specialized psychiatric care is provided for women with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders, sometimes complicated by addictions or medical illness.

Other specialized services are available for women with eating disorders and older women.

Our inpatient services include:

  • Addiction and Substance Use Services
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Unit
  • Center for Eating Disorders
  • Emergency Psychiatric Services
  • Mood Disorders
  • Neuropsychology
  • Personality Disorders Unit
  • Psychotic Disorders Program


The Treatment Process

Our multidisciplinary team begins treatment on the day of admission. During the initial evaluation, a diagnosis is made, and treatment is planned. Throughout your stay, your diagnosis is re-evaluated, and the treatment plan is changed as your condition changes.

Each patient has an individualized treatment plan, which may include individual therapy, group therapy, and medications to help improve daily functioning. Other therapy or therapeutic procedures may be recommended. In such cases, these will be explained in detail and the treatment given with the patient’s written consent.

Laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures may be required at various times during your stay. If needed, consultants from NewYork-Presbyterian may help evaluate specific problems. Family participation in treatment is encouraged and often vitally important for your progress.


Your Care Team

At NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, a psychiatrist is available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. They will oversee treatment, prescribe necessary medications, and be responsible for the management of medical care. A treatment care coordinator shares responsibility with the psychiatrist for ongoing evaluation and treatment and is available to you and your family to discuss your treatment plan. Nurses are responsible for patient care on the unit. They dispense medications and provide education to patients and families about psychiatric illness.

Your patient care team may include a:

  • Psychologist, who may administer verbal or written diagnostic tests.
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation specialist, who provide skills training and rehabilitation to help patients develop socialization, leisure, vocational, and independent living skills for returning to the community.
  • Social worker, who provides a link to family members and assists with discharge and aftercare arrangements.


Patient Referral

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we treat a diverse patient population with conditions ranging from the most common to the rarest and most complex. Clinicians in private practice or at other hospitals are welcome to refer their patient to NewYork-Presbyterian. Please call 888-694-5700 to arrange a referral.