A Message from the Chairman of Behavioral Health at Sinai Health System, Dr. Paul Berkowitz
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health (SPBH) is an integral part of Sinai Health System. We have been serving the community for decades and are actively growing our service line. We provide inpatient psychiatric services at both Mount Sinai Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital, as well as psychiatric consultation services to patients who are hospitalized for other medical conditions. We also offer adult outpatient behavioral health services at our Hollenback and St. Casimir clinics and child/adolescent services through our Under The Rainbow program. Furthermore, we offer around-the-clock behavioral health crisis services at our two Emergency Departments (Mount Sinai Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital) as well as a Crisis Stabilization Unit at our Holy Cross Hospital campus.
Nearly 20-percent of people will experience a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their lives. These conditions are serious and lead to real suffering, but they are treatable. At Sinai, we believe there is no reason a person should not receive mental health care, and we are dedicated to ensuring our patients have access to the care they need.
In addition to all of our clinical services, we also host medical students from two highly accredited and respected medical schools.
Overview of Services
At Sinai Health System, we know that quality, accessible behavioral health care is important to the communities we serve. We are pleased to provide bilingual inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and mental health services for adults. We also offer bilingual outpatient services for children and adolescents.
SPBH provides an array of outpatient psychiatric services for adults with mental health issues. Services include mental health assessment, psychiatric evaluations, medication management, case management, individual therapy, family therapy and group therapy. We have various types of groups, including: Stress Management Group, Trauma Recovery Empowerment Group for Women, Art Therapy Group, Dance Movement Therapy Group and many others to help individuals with the numerous stressors they encounter daily. There is also a specialized program for individuals that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing for all ages. Staff are fluent in Spanish, ASL and are culturally sensitive.
Children’s Program-Under the Rainbow
Our Children and Adolescent program, Under the Rainbow, is an outpatient therapy and psychiatry program for ages up to age 18, and their families. We evaluate and treat children and adolescents for mental and behavioral health disorders in English and Spanish. There are specialized programs for youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, and other traumas. Treatment services include individual/family/group therapies and psychiatric medications. At Sinai, our staff provides specialized 24/7 crisis intervention services - including mobile emergency screening, assessment, and supportive services (SASS) for youth in crisis.
Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management Clinic
In our clinic, a psychiatrist will provide assessments in order to provide individualized quality care. They meet with patients on a regular basis to make sure any medications are effective and taken properly.
This program consists of a scheduled series of structured, group therapy sessions designed to stabilize acute psychiatric symptoms, prevent hospitalization, reduce symptoms of mental illness, and promote recovery and community integration.