Texas Health Plano Adds Psychiatry, Counseling Services for Adults at Seay Behavioral Health Center
11/02/2009

PLANO, Texas — Blame it on the economy, the healthcare crisis, the number of individuals out of work. Whatever the reason, the number of patients seeking treatment in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano’s emergency department for mental health problems and substance abuse has increased significantly during the past year.

As a result, the hospital’s Seay Behavioral Health Center plans to add psychiatric services for adults to its current full-range of adolescent psychiatric services, which it has provided since 1990 to children and teens ages 12 to 17.

“Nearly 500 adult mental health patients visited our emergency room last year and were transferred to other facilities in the area,” said Dr. Gayle Jensen-Savoie, Ph.D., director of the Seay Behavioral Health Center. “We have an obligation to our community to provide treatment for this population. The state of the current economy, healthcare and lifestyle unease has increased the need for psychiatric services for all age groups.”

A 16-bed adult unit and a 12-bed adolescent unit, staffed by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, licensed professional therapists, social workers, registered nurses and support staff, will provide inpatient psychiatric and addiction programs for both adults and adolescents.

Inpatient programs will focus on crisis stabilization through comprehensive evaluations, crisis management and individualized treatment, including medical, psychiatric, psychosocial, and medication assessment and management.

Patient and family education, cognitive therapy, group therapy, multi-family therapy and life skills training often are part of each individualized program. Also included is the development of a plan of action to support patients and their families after discharge.

In addition to inpatient treatment, the Seay Behavioral Health Center provides “partial hospital programs,” which offer the same full-range of treatment options, but allow patients to reside at home while receiving services at the hospital during the day.

Also provided are intensive “outpatient programs” designed for individuals who do not require inpatient or partial hospital services, but need more intensive treatment than simply individual therapy.

Texas Health Plano will provide treatment for major depressive disorders, mood disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse/chemical dependency including inpatient detoxification, depressive disorders in women, behavioral management problems, family problems and acute psychiatric crises.

“Mental health and substance abuse are treatable illnesses and — as is true for our adolescent services — our adult treatment programs are designed to deliver short-term crisis care and outpatient treatment that can help restore adults with these illnesses to fully functioning lives,” said Dr. Nancy Donachie, chairman of the department of psychiatry, medical director of the Seay Behavioral Health Center and a psychiatrist on the medical staff of Texas Health Plano.

Patients can be referred to the Seay Behavioral Health Center through self referral (by calling the center’s intake number at 972-981-8305) or by their physicians or insurance companies, or through Texas Health Plano’s emergency department.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. The system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals, and a medical research organization. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.