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Senior Behavioral Health Programs

UNM Health System’s Senior Behavioral Health program at Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) provides short-term (up to three weeks) inpatient services to adults over the age of 55 who have mental and physical health needs. Our approach is recovery-centered and strives to help individuals to not only address their mental health needs but also reconnect with their personal hopes and motivations.

Our goal is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment, which allows you or your loved one to maintain as much normalcy in everyday routines as possible. Our team in the Senior Behavioral Health Unit works in tandem with SRMC medical services to ensure that both medical and psychiatric needs are addressed simultaneously and cohesively.

Safe, Supportive Facilities

We are a 12-bed inpatient unit with a central day room, space for therapeutic group activities and a large outdoor patio and garden. The unit has been specifically created for older adults who are experiencing mental health issues and changes in behavior that are interfering with their ability to function or compromising their quality of life.

The unit was designed to accommodate the special needs of elderly patients with diminished physical capabilities. Every detail in the physical structure of the unit was considered to ensure a secure and safe environment, including modified plumbing and specialty door handles. In addition, the layout of the unit enables staff members to have constant supervision over the safety and well being of their patients.

Treatment Program

You or your loved one will benefit from our multi-disciplinary staff that offers comprehensive services including:

  • Assessment and diagnosis.
  • Medication management and physical nursing support.
  • Primary therapy.
  • Community, family and group therapy.
  • Rehabilitation support.
  • Group work and activities.
  • Discharge planning to help seniors and their families prepare for a return to the community.

Admission Criteria and Referrals

We admit individuals who:

  • Are at least 55 years old.
    • If an individual is younger than our age qualification, please contact us so that we can assess their compatibility with our environment. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Have a primary psychiatric illness.
  • Are experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Are medically stable.
    • We are able to handle minor medical issues, but these must be secondary to the patient’s psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
  • Are able to participate in a structured group program.
    • Every patient will need to participate and interact in the group therapy program schedule on a daily basis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to do most activities of daily living with limited assistance.
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