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Acute Inpatient Mental Health Services

Individualized Inpatient Treatment for Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Geriatric Adults that Emphasizes Recovery and Wellness

Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services provides inpatient treatment for children, adolescents, adults and geriatric adults whose acute mental illnesses require immediate stabilization. The goal of the treatment program is to stabilize the patient through medication management, group therapy, family meetings, expressive therapy (art, movement and music) and pastoral care.

Our facilities offer a highly-skilled, multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, social workers, case managers, psychiatric nurses, expressive therapists and chaplains who provide compassionate behavioral health care. The acute inpatient treatment team works closely with all patients and their family or caregivers to create an individualized treatment plan that emphasizes recovery and wellness.

Inpatient Treatment for a Range of Mental Illnesses

Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services’s inpatient treatment programs provide treatment for a range of mental and behavioral health illnesses, including:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Mood disorder
  • PTSD
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Violent and aggressive behavior
  • Chronic substance abuse
  • Trauma
  • ADHD

Mental Health Services: Patients, Therapies & Locations

Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services's inpatient treatment programs have been designed to provide therapy and treatment for the following age groups:


Our inpatient program for children 8 to 12 years old provides stabilization for acute symptoms that require around-the-clock supervision in a safe, therapeutic and child-friendly environment. Our units are staffed by a multidisciplinary team including highly-skilled child and adolescent psychiatrists affiliated with Georgetown University Hospital, psychiatric nurses, psychotherapists and expressive therapists.

Our young patients participate in daily group therapy and expressive therapy such as art, movement and music. Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services’s treatment team also facilitates activities designed to increase the child's awareness of the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

The goal of the program is to foster the child's ability to successfully return home and to school. Prior to discharge, the treatment team will work in collaboration with outpatient mental health providers to ensure seamless continuity of care during the transition to the child's home.

Acute Inpatient Treatment & Support Services

  • Medication assessment
  • Family therapy
  • Parent education
  • School sessions on weekdays
  • Play therapy
  • Pastoral care


Our inpatient services for adolescents provide a safe, structured and therapeutic environment for boys and girls 13 to 17 years of age. The goals of treatment are to stabilize the adolescent's psychiatric symptoms, make medication adjustments and begin a discharge plan to return the adolescent home or to outpatient therapy as quickly as possible. Our program also teaches patients coping and communication strategies to function more effectively at home and in school.

Family members are encouraged to play an active role in their child’s treatment process by participating in family meetings and facilitating contact with their child’s home, school and outside therapists, when appropriate.

Adolescent patients also participate in age-appropriate expressive therapy activities and are given daily access to the facility’s gymnasium and outdoor courtyard.

Acute Inpatient Treatment & Support Services

  • Issue-specific group meetings
  • Medication management
  • Education coordination
  • Active discharge planning with family and outside agencies
  • Transitional support
  • Pastoral care


Our inpatient treatment programs provide compassionate care to adults with a range of mental illnesses and substance abuse challenges. Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services offers three specialized acute inpatient units, each meeting a unique treatment need.

  • The Montgomery Unit for mood disorders provides treatment for adults whose acute episodes of depression, anxiety and trauma affect their ability to function. The unit offers an intimate treatment environment designed for independent adults who can benefit from the least restrictive care necessary to ensure their safety. Our program also provides therapy for individuals suffering from trauma.
  • The Potomac Unit provides treatment for adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). The unit specializes in providing rapid stabilization for higher acuity patients suffering from schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder. Due to the acute needs of the patients we serve, our Potomac Unit also offers intensive case management and access to wrap-around services to enable patients to return safely to the community.

Acute Inpatient Treatment & Support Services

  • Expressive therapy (art, movement, creative writing, and music)
  • Group therapy
  • Family meeting
  • Access to wireless internet services for Montgomery Unit patients
  • Pastoral care

Geriatric Adults


Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services's Magnolia Unit is a 10-bed acute inpatient unit dedicated to serving geriatric adults. Based in Rockville, Maryland, the Magnolia Unit is the only one of its kind in Montgomery County.

The Magnolia Unit provides critical stabilization and short-term inpatient treatment for older adults who experience sudden life changes and stressors that trigger depression, anxiety and other behavioral challenges that impair their daily activities. The program provides the intensive therapeutic services needed to help elderly patients return safely to the community as quickly as possible.

Geriatric inpatient treatment consists of group therapy, medication management and compliance, as well as expressive therapy, which includes art, movement, music and creative writing. The Magnolia Unit is best suited for mentally ill seniors who can benefit from receiving treatment in the least restrictive environment necessary for their safety with other patients of similar age, acuity and activity levels.

The Magnolia Unit features 10 private patient rooms and a kitchenette where patients can enjoy snacks throughout the day in addition to meals served in the facility's cafeteria.

Acute Inpatient Treatment & Support Services

  • Dedicated clinical team specializing in geriatric mental health care
  • Board-certified geriatric psychiatrists
  • Private courtyard
  • Dietary staff to meet the nutritional needs of geriatric adults
  • Family therapy and primary caregiver education
  • Pastoral care

Request a Free Consultation

Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services has facilities in three convenient locations in Maryland: Rockville, Takoma Park and Cambridge (on the Eastern Shore). For more information about our range of behavioral health services, please call 866-538-9020 or request a FREE Behavioral Health Consultation online.

Acute Inpatient Mental Health Services

Request a Free Consultation

Call 866-538-9020 to request a FREE behavioral health consultation for you, a friend, or a loved one.

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Treatment Locations

Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services Acute Inpatient locations include:

Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services
Rockville, MD
Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services
Cambridge, MD
Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital
Takoma Park, MD
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