Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is a psychiatric hospital located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has assisted the local communities for 60 years, and joined the University of Pittsburgh network in 1986. The main hospital in tandem with remote clinics provide services that range from general medical services to mental health and both residential and outpatient chemical dependency support. Programs are individualized and tailored to each client’s unique needs and services include evidence-based methods of treatment as well as Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).
Accommodations and Food
The inpatient chemical dependency program is a clinical setting with 28 beds available for men and women on the same unit. The program is designed to assist individuals with co-occurring disorders and those in need of medically supervised detox.
Clients are accommodated in double-occupancy rooms and bathrooms are shared by multiple rooms. The rooms are furnished with twin beds with linens provided. Clients live and attend treatment in the same unit. Clients are not permitted their own electronics during inpatient.
There is a common area that doubles as the group room with a TV and DVD player. A small library of approved movies and shows can be watched during specific hours, but are continuously monitored even during down-time.
Additionally, there is a gym space inside the hospital that clients are invited to use to support physical recovery. All meals are standard cafeteria fare and delivered to clients on trays and consumed in rooms. Coffee and tea are available during breakfast hours and snacks are provided throughout the day.
Treatment and Staff
Prior to enrollment, clients must arrive in the emergency room for a general health and psychological screening. A bio-psycho-social assessment determines the need for medication or detox prior to treatment. The assessment process also determines the length of treatment needed and whether the client is interested in stepping down to the outpatient program following completion of the inpatient track. Additionally, a short-term inpatient detox is available as is MAT with both Suboxone and methadone.
Treatment is highly structured and designed to keep clients busy and engaged in the recovery process. Clients begin their day with showers and breakfast delivered from the cafeteria followed by therapeutic activities including both group and individual therapy.
Groups are facilitated by mental health professionals with credentials to work with chemical dependency. Clients are also seen by psychiatrists for medication management and additional screenings. After lunch, clients attend more group sessions and 12-step panels are brought into the facility to help clients develop a support network once they’ve completed inpatient treatment.
A range of groups are facilitated at WPIC, including psychoeducation, smoking cessation, relapse prevention and dual diagnosis support. Special groups are also available including gender-specific for both men and women, women with children and a group for pregnant women. The clinical staff utilize CBT and DBT practices during therapy. Average treatment length in inpatient is two to four weeks.
WPIC offers a step-down system for clients that includes moving from inpatient to a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or a standard outpatient track. Family therapy and couples counseling is also available and visitation is permitted on weekends by approval.
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic provides individualized services for clients in need of chemical dependency care. Through a structured inpatient program and options to step down to varying levels of outpatient treatment, clients are guided through a continuum of care to support the first stages of recovery and beyond. A caring, credentialed staff and structured treatment methods help create a solid foundation for lasting recovery.
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Location
3811 O’Hara St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Cost
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