Behavioral Health Services

Psychiatric Services at the University of Miami Hospital

At the University of Miami Hospital Department of Behavioral Health Services, we offer you or your loved ones (18 years and older) comprehensive, multidisciplinary behavioral health services.  Our staff is dedicated to providing the finest care in a warm comfortable environment.

The wide choice of programs available allows each patient to receive the level of services which will best suit their individual needs.

Your physician directs your care through multidisciplinary team conferences and day-to-day communication with the University of Miami Hospital staff.  You will find an overall willingness on the part of the staff to listen and do their utmost to meet the needs of both the patient and the physician.

Our Philosophy

University of Miami Hospital Behavioral Health Services supports the philosophy that every patient is a unique individual with specific and unique needs.

Psychiatric Admissions and Intake Referral Center

The Psychiatric Admission and Intake Referral Center coordinates patient admissions. New patients are screened for seriousness of conditions to determine the level of services needed.  The Center also conducts psychiatric evaluations of emergency room patients and referral screenings of medical or surgical hospital patients, when requested.   The Center is opened on a 24 hour-7 days a week basis; for a free initial assessment, please call (305) 689-4444.

Inpatient Mental Health Services

At University of Miami Hospital, services for patients who are admitted to inpatient services, include voluntary admissions and 23-hour observation services (covered under many managed care contracts).

University of Miami Hospital is the only inpatient psychiatric facility in South Florida which provides private rooms; each with its own bathroom, and television.   University of Miami Hospital Psychiatric Services is also a private receiving facility for involuntary examinations in compliance with State of Florida Mental Health statutes (commonly referred to as the Baker Act).

Under the guidance of the medical director, inpatient services are provided by the nurse manager and other psychiatric social workers, case managers, occupational, recreational and music therapists, a pharmacist, a dietician and the full support of the hospital’s ancillary services.
In addition to individual psychotherapy with the patient’s own attending psychiatrist, inpatient treatment may include:

  • Family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Music therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psycho-educational groups
  • Current events groups
  • Relaxation groups
  • Exercise groups
  • Assertiveness training
  • Community re-integration groups
  • Medication Education groups
  • ECT (Electro-convulsive therapy)
  • Family Night-Family involvement in admission, treatment and aftercare planning is a central focus of the treatment approach.  One of the ways we engage families in the learning process is to offer a Family Night for the families of patients.  Learning about psychiatric, behavioral and addictive disorders helps individuals and their families understand treatments, manage symptoms and strengthen their relationships.

Geriatric Mental Health

This unit specializes in the care of geriatric patients.  We offer individualized and specialized group therapy that is aimed at maximizing our patients’ strengths and promotes independent functioning. Our multidisciplinary staff provides individualized assistance to our residents with daily living activities as well as continuously promoting safety and maximum wellness.



From emergency services and intensive care, to life-saving surgeries and minimally-invasive procedures, University of Miami Hospital delivers advanced care by the region's top physicians. With 560 private rooms, UMH provides patients with personalized treatment in a high-quality environment.