Adult behavioral health in Aurora

The comprehensive inpatient psychiatric program at the Behavioral Health and Wellness Center at The Medical Center of Aurora is designed to meet the mental and physical healthcare needs of adults between 18 and 62 years old. Our caring staff of professionals believes that every patient, no matter his or her individual circumstances, has the capacity to learn and use coping methods to help them lead a balanced life.

Our program includes:

  • A skilled team of physicians, social workers, nurses, psychologists and behavioral health counselors
  • Music, recreation, leisure arts and pet therapies
  • Semi-private and private rooms
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Medication management and assessment
  • An emphasis on family education
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Our adult clinical services

We focus on identifying challenges and providing individualized treatment to prepare you or your loved one to succeed in a community setting. Our adult mental health and wellness treatment program specializes in evidence-based intervention and stabilization of behavioral health conditions. We provide personalized, dedicated care in a comfortable setting while having full access to the exceptional medical care at The Medical Center of Aurora.

Whether participating in our inpatient or outpatient programs, our team of professionals partner with each patient and his or her outside support system to design a behavioral health treatment plant that will instill mindfulness and resiliency to help bring balance back to the patient’s life.

Our mental wellness programs for adults can help with:

  • Crisis management
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Development of daily living skills
  • Medication assessment
  • Psychiatric symptoms that significantly impair social, occupational or other important areas of functioning
  • Self-injury
  • Substance use and other addictions
  • Trauma
  • Postpartum support

We address each patient’s unique mental health needs using a customized plan that may utilize some of the following methods:

  • Group and individual therapy
  • Family support groups
  • Educational groups
  • Loss management and relapse strategies
  • Developing coping strategies
  • Medication assessment
  • Group and individual follow-up treatment
  • 24/7 coverage by board-certified physicians
  • Patterns signaling the need for assistance

Behaviors that signal the need for help include:

  • Major change in personality
  • Difficulty managing intense emotions
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness
  • Disruptions in daily activities, such as inability to socialize, work or perform daily tasks
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Hallucinations or paranoid delusions that disrupt functioning
  • Inability to adjust to life changes or recover from traumatic events, such as the loss of a relationship or job

Intensive outpatient program

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) is designed to support and maintain mental and emotional health while providing patients with the necessary tools to achieve mental well-being in an outpatient setting.

IOP empowers you or a loved one to explore individual growth and heal within a group setting by participating in treatment during the day and returning home each afternoon.

The Medical Center of Aurora’s IOP is appropriate for individuals struggling with:

  • Substance abuse
  • Crisis management
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Management of daily living skills
  • Medication management
  • Self-injury

To address these mental health issues and others, IOP participants receive a wide array of structured therapy, including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy focusing on mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Trauma informed therapy
  • Dual diagnosis therapy
  • Interpersonal effectiveness training
  • Life skills

This program is for individuals who are physically healthy and are of no immediate risk of harm to themselves or others. IOP can help you or a loved one better cope with challenging or difficult feelings and thoughts while functioning in an outpatient setting.

Meetings for adults take place Monday through Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at The Medical Center of Aurora.

Partial hospitalization program

Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) provides an intense, structured setting for individuals who have difficulty maintaining current daily routines due to depression, anxiety or other mental health symptoms. A patient entering Aurora’s PHP could benefit from intensive, immediate, outpatient support and an evaluation by a psychiatrist.

This patient-centered treatment program provides flexible treatment options that are less intensive than an inpatient hospitalization while being more supportive than outpatient therapy alone.

The program also offers treatment for adults at TMCA Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm, to allow for the convenience of being home with loved ones in the evening.

PHP treatment includes:

  • Patient-centered goal setting and treatment planning
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Medication evaluation
  • Group, individual and family interventions
  • Life skills practice opportunities
  • Evidence-based recovery models

We conduct pre- and post-evaluations to determine the success of treatment interventions so that ongoing treatments can be adjusted to best meet patient needs.

For more information or to schedule an assessment, call (303) 360-3650.

Electroconvulsive therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a proven method to help adults who face challenges achieving mental well-being. It is especially beneficial to patients who do not respond well to medications, who may be pregnant or who are experiencing a rapid regression into crisis.

ECT is very different now compared to how it was used in the past. Today, a team of professionals, including a psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist and a nurse, administer ECT while the patient is under general anesthesia. Modern ECT consists of controlled, electrical currents that affect brain chemistry in a way that can improve mental health. The number of treatments needed to be successful can vary according to the individual.

Who may benefit?

  • Patients who suffer from depression, mania or psychosis and who have not responded or only partially responded to conventional treatment, such as medications and therapy
  • Patients who have had multiple hospitalizations and regress rapidly into crisis
  • Patients in need of rapid, definitive response because of the severity of a psychiatric or medical condition
  • Patients experiencing symptoms of catatonia
  • Patients who cannot tolerate the side effects of certain medications

Mom’s Mood Support Group

New or expecting moms may sometimes find it difficult to manage everyday life when struggling with:

  • Feeling angry, irritable, anxious or sad
  • Feeling as if you’re out of control
  • Difficulty or lack of interest in bonding with your baby
  • A sense of guilt, shame or hopelessness
  • Appetite or sleep difficulties
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Thoughts or fears of hurting yourself or your baby

Many moms have experienced feelings like these before or after giving birth. In our Mom’s Mood Support Group you can learn the tools you need to help you through. Babies and children who are not yet crawling or walking are welcome.

The Mom’s Mood Support Group meets Mondays from 10:00am to 11:00am at the following address:

700 Potomac Street
Suite 204
Aurora, CO 80011

To sign up, call: (303) 360-3577

Where to find behavioral health services for adults

Adults between 18 and 54 years old may receive the benefits of our inpatient program, partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient program and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at:

The Medical Center of Aurora
HealthONE Behavioral Health and Wellness Campus
700 Potomac St, Aurora, CO 80011

To schedule an appointment, call: (303) 360-3736

Psychiatric outpatient clinic

Need a psychiatrist for medication management? HealthONE’s Behavioral Health Center offers immediate access through our Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic. The clinic is staffed by nine psychiatrists who can help you with your medication needs and develop a balanced medication plan. Brief therapy interventions are also offered to help you along the path to emotional and mental well-being.

The Medical Center of Aurora’s Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Some additional times may be available by request. Our outpatient clinic is located at:

730 Potomac Street
Suite 218
Aurora, CO 80011

To make an appointment, call (720) 282-8015.