Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southcoast Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Premier Adult Inpatient Treatment Program in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Southcoast Behavioral Health is a 144-bed psychiatric hospital that provides inpatient treatment for adults with mental health diagnoses.

At Southcoast Behavioral Health, we have created a specialized inpatient treatment program expressly designed to help each of our patients begin their journeys to recovery and healing. Though we treat a number of mental health disorders, some of the more common mental illnesses and symptoms we treat include:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Schizophrenia spectrum disorders
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Aggression

During a typical 5- to 7-day stay in Southcoast’s inpatient program, patients will benefit from a number of different interventions delivered by our caring and experienced staff including a board-certified psychiatrist, licensed clinical social workers, registered nurses, recreational therapists, and mental health technicians. These interventions, included in each patient’s regular daily schedule, may include:

  • Individual therapy sessions are conducted by our psychiatrist and social workers. These sessions are designed to be places where patients can come and process material from their group work and continue their personal growth process. Frequency of individual therapy is individualized for each patient.
  • Family therapy sessions are conducted by staff social workers. Because we recognize and value the role family members can play in a patient’s recovery process, we provide individualized family therapy sessions for our patients to help address family-wide issues and to help family members provide the support that can be instrumental to each patient’s recovery and healing.
  • Group therapy sessions are conducted by staff social workers, recreational therapists, registered nurses, or mental health technicians. Patients attend a minimum of five groups per day, including both process groups and didactic, or topic-based, groups.
  • Patients who require medications are able to meet on a daily basis with our staff psychiatrist for medication management services. In addition to the staff psychiatrist, nursing staff is available to help patients with their medications.

In addition to the above services, Southcoast provides assistance with the discharge process to help ensure a smooth and well-supported transition back into outside life.

To learn more about inpatient treatment at Southcoast Behavioral Health, feel free to contact us at your convenience. Our helpful and compassionate staff is happy to answer any questions that you may have about the care supplied by our hospital.

I now am on the road to recovery because of the process groups and my personal therapist at Southcoast. Thank you for helping me get my life together. I am forever grateful!

– Anonymous Client
Marks of Quality Care
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation