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Inpatient Acute Care

Hospitalization for short-term mental health care

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Hospitalization for short-term mental health care

Sometimes, people suffering from acute psychiatric disorders are unable to live independently or may even pose a danger to themselves or others. In such cases, hospitalization may be the most appropriate alternative.

Scripps Health offers an acute care inpatient program at Scripps Mercy Hospital. This program helps patients and their loved ones work through short-term crises, manage mental illness and resume their daily lives.


  • Evaluation and treatment by a psychiatrist
  • Psychopharmacological interventions
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Activity therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Symptom management
  • Medication awareness
  • Coping skills

Treatment goals

  • Resolving issues
  • Reducing the risk of dangerous behavior
  • Alleviating the symptoms that led to hospitalization
  • Increasing coping skills to live more effectively in the community

Geropsychiatry inpatient program

Behavioral Health Services at Scripps provides the geropsychiatric inpatient program to help older adults and their families cope with the challenges of aging. Our interdisciplinary team of health care professionals specializes in geriatrics and offers compassionate, one-on-one counseling and medical care in a supportive environment. Individualized, comprehensive treatment plans focus on each patient’s needs with the goal of successful, independent living.


Admission to the acute care inpatient program requires a psychiatrist’s order. Patients may be admitted by their psychiatrist, by referral from their primary care physician or by the Scripps Psychiatric Liaison Team through the emergency department.

Planning for discharge and beyond

When acute inpatient treatment goals are met, our staff develops a discharge plan closely integrated with community services to encourage ongoing care and help patients return to their families and communities. When the patient is ready to return to the community, we offer the following continuing care services:

  • Social worker-assisted placements in long-term residential or short-term crisis housing, board and care, and skilled nursing facilities
  • Services and referrals for chemical dependency, psychiatric and medical home health nursing
  • Referrals to licensed professionals
  • Referrals for continuing care
  • Referrals to community support groups