How Do I Find Inpatient or Residential Treatment?
The following resources can be used to help you find inpatient or residential mental health treatment services should there be a need for this type of treatment. Hospitalization may be needed to allow for a period during which the individual can be closely monitored to provide accurate diagnosis, to help adjust or stabilize medications, or during an acute episode where a person’s mental illness temporarily worsens.
There are times when a person becomes so ill that they are at risk of hurting themselves or others and hospitalization becomes necessary even though the individual does not wish to enter a hospital. While seeking help voluntarily is always preferable, if that is at all possible, the decision to hospitalize involuntarily can be more caring than it seems if that is the only way your family member or friend can get the care they need, especially if there is a risk of suicide or harm to others.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the following organization for information about 24 hour crisis services:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's 24 hour toll-free crisis hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) can put you into contact with your local crisis center that can tell you where to seek immediate help in your area.
Mental Health America’s fact sheet “Mental Illness and the Family: Is Hospitalization Necessary?” includes questions to ask when considering whether hospitalization is the most appropriate option as well as questions to help you understand what to expect during hospitalization and upon discharge. To help in choosing an inpatient or residential treatment facility, if you have a choice of available facilities in your area, it can be helpful to talk with your psychiatrist or therapist, contact our local Mental Health America affiliate, and speak with members of area support groups for recommendations. You can also use U.S. News and World Report's Best Psychiatric Hospitals 2008 report as a resource.
The following resources can help you find a hospital or residential treatment program in your area as well as treatment programs throughout the United States. In addition, you can consult the resources listed in our Treatment FAQ to assist you in your search for treatment facilities.
- American Association of Children's Residential Treatment Centers (Note: You can sort list of member treatment centers by state)
- Behavioral Tech, LLC (Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder)
- National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (lists inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA's) National Mental Health Information Center Mental Health Facilities Locator
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (Use Detailed Search option)