Behavorial Health Services
Mulberry Center at Harrisburg is designed to offer quality psychiatric care in an environment where comprehensive medical care is available. Through an interactive experience, patients learn to better understand themselves and begin accepting responsibility for their own wellbeing. This process provides opportunities for patients to practice effective alternatives for managing their lives.
The inpatient unit is divided into two wings. The first is a general adult unit, housing individuals with psychiatric disorders which do not involve dementia. The second wing is a geropsychiatric unit which treats individuals whose psychiatric condition is complicated by dementia.
The treatment approach in the adult wing is based on a “therapeutic community” philosophy, where patients actively engage in treatment under the guidance of a comprehensive team of doctors, nurses, social workers and activity therapists.
In the geriatric wing, patients also receive services from nurses, social workers and activity therapists under the direction of psychiatrists, but more emphasis is placed on managing the cognitive deficits that are associated with dementia. Therapeutic interventions in this setting place an emphasis on sensory stimulation and reminiscence strategies.
Mulberry Center at Harrisburg has emergency admissions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Referrals can be made by calling 618.252.0999 or 618.253.7671.
Individuals who are admitted to inpatient psychiatric care must meet strict psychiatric criteria established by hospital policy and their individual payer source. Criteria are reviewed on a regular basis to determine when the patient can safely receive services in a less restrictive setting.
Initially, assessments are performed by nurses, psychiatrists, activity therapists and social workers to determine the level of functioning and the strengths of the patient.
Following these assessments, an individualized treatment plan is developed and implemented. Under the direction of a psychiatrist, steps will be taken to initiate the use of medication and other interventions, which will contribute to stabilization of the individual’s illness as rapidly as possible.
The patient participates in a variety of therapeutic treatment activities to develop more effective strategies for coping with the presenting illness. In some cases, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be recommended by the Treatment Team and the physician. When this is the case, with the patient’s consent, the patient’s family will be asked to participate in an educational session regarding ECT procedures and what to expect, prior to signing consents for ECT treatment.
Return to the Community
Inpatient hospitalization tends to be brief, with the average stay being approximately one week. As patients make progress, they begin the transition to less intensive levels of care. This may include return home, placement in a nursing home, or referral to rehabilitation services.
Before discharge patients are made appointments with a medical provider for ongoing medication management and with the most appropriate means of therapeutic aftercare for further progress toward their treatment goals.
Bradford House is a program of intensive counseling and education giving you the tools and resources to handle the stressors of life.
Everyone is unique. Our program offers not only group therapy but a highly individualized treatment plan to meet your needs.
Topics of group therapy include:
- Medication education
- Stress management
- Time management
- Healthy relationships
- Coping with grief
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
Partial hospitalization is a comprehensive, highly structured, goal-oriented psychiatric treatment approach designed to decrease disturbing symptoms of depression and to increase individuals’ self-understanding and ability to cope with life stressors. Treatment includes group psychotherapy, group education, activity therapy, and individual therapy. Individuals 18 years of age and older with a wide variety of emotional problems can be treated. Individuals must be coherent and able to tolerate 6 hours of treatment per day. Common problems include depression, anxiety, grief issues, relationship difficulties, and work- related stressors.
Treatment is provided by an interdisciplinary team of mental health professionals including Psychiatrists, a Registered Nurse, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Activity Therapist.
Treatment is provided Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch is provided at no cost to the participant. Each individual’s schedule is mutually determined by client and staff in accordance with the client’s needs and the requirements of their payer sources.
PHP staff members meet as a treatment team to develop individualized treatment plans for each client. Staff members also collaborate with outside treatment providers, physicians and community agencies to assure continuity of care and ongoing support during and following treatment. Marital, family therapy and education are available to PHP clients.
Clients are encouraged to arrange for or provide their own transportation. When transportation cannot be provided by other resources, Bradford House can assist with arranging for or, in some cases, providing transportation. Bradford House accepts clients with Medicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances, and private pay. Referrals are accepted from individuals and their families, physicians and their staff, nurses, social workers, clergy, and therapists.
Intensive Outpatient Program
Harrisburg Medical Center established its Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in November of 2010, providing an additional step along the continuum of psychiatric services. This program is designed to provide more intensive services than those provided in a traditional outpatient visit, but less intensive services than those provided in inpatient care or partial hospitalization programs.
The IOP offers groups three hours per day three days per week. It may be used as an initial point of entry into care, as a step up from routine outpatient services, or as a step down from acute inpatient, care or a partial hospital program such as Bradford House.
If you feel that Bradford House could help you, call to schedule a screening appointment.
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
210 E. Woolcott
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Bradford House is an approved service provider for Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies.