Safe, Focused, Personal Care: Inpatient Psychiatric Services

Behavioral Health Services at Bergen New Bridge includes comprehensive acute and sub-acute/intermediate hospital treatment programs that meet the demands of patients who are seeking quality psychiatric medical care. Treatment units are structured to meet the unique requirements of children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population who require a safe and protective environment within which they can develop the ability and skills that will allow them to quickly transition to a less intense and structured treatment program.


Acute and sub-acute inpatient units for adult patients are structured to provide intense treatment for patients who are an imminent danger to themselves or to others or display high potential for such behavior. The treatment milieu program encourages active patient participation with a focus on identifying and working on specific problems, goals, and daily tasks. The schedule includes structured groups, skills training, recreational therapy, and occupational therapy within the framework of a cognitive behavioral motivational enhancement model of care. The multidisciplinary treatment team of psychiatrists, social workers, and nurses is complimented by recreational and occupational therapists. Family sessions, when indicated, are an important component of each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Discharge planning begins on admission and focuses on providing effective treatment and support when it is time to be discharged from this level of care.

Children and Adolescents

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is designated as one of the eleven Children’s Crisis Intervention Services (CCIS) inpatient units in New Jersey. The unit provides short-term crisis stabilization within the structure of a behavior therapy treatment milieu program that is focused on the safe and effective treatment of patients ages 5 through 17. The program also includes two subacute level of care beds for those children who require a longer length of stay due to the intensity and nature of their problems. An individualized treatment plan is developed for each patient with active involvement of the parents/guardians and other appropriate family members. Each child receives four hours of school daily in addition to participating in a very structured treatment program that includes structured groups, skills groups, recreational therapy, and family therapy. Patients are expected to identify a daily specific problem, goal, and task list. The multidisciplinary treatment team of child psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, teachers, and recreational therapists actively work with the patient on learning and utilizing safe and effective behaviors with the goal of discharge as soon as the patient is no longer considered to be a danger to self or to others. Discharge planning begins on admission and provides the patient and family with an effective treatment and support program after discharge from the hospital.

Geriatric Patients

Acute and sub-acute inpatient units provide geriatric patients who are deemed to be a danger to self or others a safe and secure environment managed by a multidisciplinary team of geriatric psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, recreational and occupational therapists. Each patient’s individualized treatment plan includes group, family, recreational, and occupational skills groups. Discharge planning begins on admission and establishes an effective treatment plan and support after discharge from the hospital. For more information, contact The BNBMC Access Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at 800.730.2762.

Call the Access Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Operators are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Access Center assessments are free and confidential.


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