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For more than 30 years NMMC's Behavioral Health Center has provided help for people with psychiatric disorders. Like other medical problems, behavioral disorders may present as acute or chronic, and may lend themselves to crisis intervention. On the other hand a more relaxed, informal environment may be appropriate to assist people with less severe emotional disorders.
NMMC's Behavioral Health Center has three units to meet the needs of adults with a variety of psychiatric problems. The treatment team consists of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, counselors, social workers, recreation and activity therapists and other ancillary staff.
Mental health is an issue vital to a complete and successful aging process. Cognitive loss and a multitude of stress-related life changes can impact how senior citizens view themselves.
Remaining active at whatever level of functioning the individual can achieve is vital to a positive aging process. Restoration of each patient to his or her highest level of possible function is the goal of the geriatric program at the NMMC Behavioral Health Center.
The geriatric program is staffed by a multidisciplinary treatment team, and medical and psychiatric problems of the geriatric patient are addressed. The patient's psychiatric problems are managed by the staff psychiatrist, social worker, counselor and recreation and activity therapists. Medical aspects specific to the elderly are managed by a board-certified geriatric physician, who utilizes nurses and other ancillary staff, such as physical and occupational therapists.
Family involvement begins upon admission to the program and extends throughout the treatment period. Patients typically stay an average of two weeks. Discharge planning begins immediately upon admission to assure that the appropriate plan is designed to meet the unique needs of the patient and family.
The NMMC Behavioral Health Center offers an Adult Intensive Outpatient Program to treat those struggling with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, grief and loss. The program is limited to those over age 18.
The Adult Intensive Outpatient Program includes individual and group therapy, medication management by a board-certified psychiatrist when needed, and referrals for follow-up care at the end of the program.
Group therapy sessions cover a wide range of topics to provide individualized care, including goal setting, coping, self-esteem, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and self-defeating behaviors. Individual therapy sessions are held with a licensed professional.
The initial assessment is provided at no cost, to ensure the individual receives an appropriate treatment plan. Assessments can be scheduled by calling (662) 377-3161, but walk-ins are also welcome at the NMMC Behavioral Health Center.
The Adult Mental Health Inpatient Program at the NMMC Behavioral Health Center provides diagnostic and treatment services for individuals who are in acute crisis due to mental illness, emotional distress or destructive behavior patterns, or for those who are experiencing difficult life transitions or problems coping with daily life. Patients struggling with depression, suicidal intentions, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, mood swings or destructive anger, this additional support and treatment may help you through this difficult time.
Our program has a team of experts including licensed psychiatrists, licensed, master's-level counselors and social workers, registered nurses, mental health technicians and recreational therapists who work together to develop a personalized treatment plan in a safe, therapeutic environment. Family involvement is also encouraged. The program is designed to stabilize patients who need a more controlled environment for healing and to facilitate a return to daily routines. After stabilization, we offer a variety of outpatient treatment programs to help continue healing. As part of our commitment to serving the community, we also work directly with other local mental health facilities to find solutions for the region's mental health needs.
We believe in recovery from chemical dependency through
honesty, open mindedness and
willingness. We believe in the
innate dignity of the addict or
alcoholic and their ability to be
responsible individuals as they
embark on their journey of
• To teach the concepts of addiction and recovery.
• To provide a safe environment to assist individuals in their recovery.
• To encourage individuals to discover their worth, strengths and purpose in life.
• To educate families and encourage family recovery.
• To treat addiction as a mental, physical and spiritual disease.
Intensive Outpatient Program
This program consists of 12 weeks of intensive group treatment three nights a week with random drug screens. Patients are seen individually every two weeks to work on specific issues. This program works on the Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous 12 step program. In addition, participants attend three AA/NA meetings a week. The group meets on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. Psychological evaluations are available as needed to address individual issues.
The Family Program seeks to involve in treatment those who live with, work with and love an alcoholic or chemically dependent person. Your participation is very important for three reasons:
• It is impossible to care about an alcoholic/chemically dependent person and not hurt. You deserve an opportunity to recover from your own pain.
• When any person in a family suffers from alcoholism or chemical dependency, the whole family suffers in many ways.
• Your commitment to participate fully in the Family Program will help you understand the patient’s dependence and how it has affected your life. Most importantly, you’ll gain specific tools that will help you achieve emotional freedom and health.
Family members are asked to participate openly and whole-heartedly because partial participation is ineffective and can be disruptive.
Aftercare is a two-year maintenance program provided to all clients who have completed a primary care program. Aftercare is only beneficial when a primary care program has been completed. The group meets once weekly to help clients maintain a healthy lifestyle, and individual sessions may be scheduled when clients need assistance through a crisis period. Sometimes, when people are dealing with alcoholism or chemical dependency, there are other underlying problems that need to be addressed as well. We also treat associated disorders, including depression, anxiety or even other addictions like gambling. Many times patients come to us for substance abuse and are also struggling with an eating disorder or a history of failed
relationships. We can help address any of these problems.
When a person comes to us with problems outside our scope of treatment, we will refer to the appropriate experts and help facilitate the connection.
For more information on chemical dependency, call the NMMC Behavioral Health Center at (662) 377-3161 or 1-800-442-2238.
Counseling assistance includes:
In addition, NMMC's Employee Assistance Program includes:
Anyone interested in learning if they or a family member need help for behavioral health related issues can call to schedule a confidential assessment free of charge, which will determine the need for treatment. These confidential assessments are available by appointment at several North Mississippi Health Services locations throughout the area.
Referrals to the NMMC Behavioral Health Center may be made by physicians, employers, teachers, social workers, counselors, clergy, other professionals and family members. Individuals may also contact Behavioral Health directly to schedule an assessment for themselves. The most important thing is to take the first step by having an assessment. Everyone who gets an assessment will get a plan of care to get the help they need.
For more information on the services provided by the NMMC Behavioral Health Center, call (662) 377-3161 or 1-800-442-2238.
For more information, call: (662) 377-3161 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).