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Bellevue Hospital unit expands mental health services

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Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan recently opened a 15-bed inpatient psychiatric unit for adolescents, according to a news release. The unit expands the inpatient capacity at a time of growing need for inpatient mental health services for children and adolescents.

“The opening of this unit couldn’t be more timely,” Jennifer Havens, MD, director and chief of service of the department of child and adolescent psychiatry, said in the news release. “Over the last three years, we have lost over 100 inpatient psych beds for kids in New York City. This new unit will allow us to serve another 200 to 250 teens annually.”

A member of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Bellevue operates 30 child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry beds, serving more than 400 young people annually. The $2.2 million project brings the total number of inpatient beds for children and adolescents to 45.

The secure unit has been designed to provide an environment for treatment of psychiatric crises, such as depression, suicidal or aggressive behavior, psychosis and family conflicts.

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