Behavioral health center in Gainesville, Florida

The behavioral health specialists at North Florida Regional Medical Center know that mental health is a key component to physical well-being. We offer a continuum of psychiatric care to patients in need of behavioral health support throughout North Central Florida.

Our services include acute inpatient care, outpatient care and electroconvulsive therapy.

To learn more about our mental health services, please call us at (352) 333-HELP (4357).

Remember, a behavioral health emergency is a medical emergency. If you believe you or someone you know is in crisis, seek emergency care. The providers in our emergency room (ER) are trained to handle mental health emergencies and can admit patients directly to our inpatient unit, if needed.

Inpatient behavioral health unit

The Behavioral Health Center is our hospital's 33-bed inpatient behavioral health unit. The unit offers acute care for adults 18 years old and older who are in need of 24-hour monitored mental health care. Patients in our unit have access to all the resources and amenities they need, such as:

  • Activity and group areas that emphasize patient safety and provide an open space to facilitate a therapeutic community
  • Aftercare planning led by our trained clinical staff
  • Designated dining areas
  • Highly structured and therapeutic daily schedules
  • Separate electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) suites for inpatients
  • Personalized treatment plans based on the patient's needs and length of stay

Our hospital is a certified Baker Act receiving facility, which means we allow involuntary admissions if an individual poses a threat to their own safety or the safety of others. We also accept voluntary patients and direct admissions.

For more information, call The Behavioral Health Center at (352) 333-HELP (4357).

Dedicated inpatient treatment team

Patients with mental health conditions require multidisciplinary, compassionate care from experienced professionals. The Behavioral Health Center is staffed by healthcare providers who are committed to helping patients develop healthy coping strategies for long-term success.

Our care team includes:

  • Hospitalists
  • Intake nurse coordinators
  • Mental health technicians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Registered nurses
  • Social workers

Outpatient mental health services

We offer outpatient care for patients who require structured behavioral health services but do not need an inpatient stay. The Behavioral Health Center Outpatient Care is located across the street from our hospital's main entrance in Care Plaza West. Our outpatient programs offer intensive psychiatric care provided by board-certified psychiatrists, registered nurses and licensed therapists.

We have created a comfortable setting where patients come to receive treatment for a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Our outpatient programs implement group therapy sessions to help patients acquire the tools and knowledge they need to effectively cope with triggers and stressors in daily life.

Our outpatient behavioral health programs

Outpatient care at North Florida Regional Medical Center is made up of two programs. We offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Participants in our PHP meet five days a week, Monday through Friday. Participants in our IOP meet three times a week—Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Individual intake assessments are available at no charge Monday through Friday. We accept most major insurances and also have self-pay rates. For more information about our outpatient care, please call The Behavioral Health Center Outpatient Care at (352) 333-5540.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Our inpatient unit and outpatient programs offer patients access to ECT. ECT is a safe and highly effective treatment that may help patients with severe depression, bipolar disorder, mania, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

ECT is intended to help people who have not been able to tolerate or have not found success in alternative treatments, such as medications. ECT is offered at our hospital three days a week.

What is ECT treatment?

ECT is a behavioral health treatment performed while patients are under general anesthesia. During the procedure, electrodes are placed strategically on the scalp through which an electric current is delivered. The electric current causes the brain to induce seizure activity.

The seizure alters the brain's chemistry, which may ease symptoms associated with certain mental health conditions.