Behavioral Health Unit


The Behavioral Health Unit provides treatment, in a safe environment, for patients who may be experiencing acute behavioral health symptoms requiring hospitalization and stabilization. A variety of treatment options are available to best meet each patient’s need.

The unit accommodates 10 patients, ages 18 and older. Admission is by physician referral only.

The Behavioral Health Unit provides:

  • Psychiatric and Medical Treatment
  • Nursing Services
  • Social Services
  • Medication Management/Education
  • Interdisciplinary Assessment/Evaluation
  • Chemical Dependency Assessment/Referral
  • Individual/Group/Family Therapy
  • Patient/Family Education
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Discharge Planning

The Behavioral Health Unit Team works closely with the psychiatrists at The Center for Psychiatric Health:

  • Pravesh Basnet, MD Medical Director, Behavioral Health Unit
  • Kamna Handa, MD
  • Sheila Thomas, MD
  • Barb Smith, RN, Nurse Manager, Behavioral Health Unit

New Start Date for Walking for Wellness

Posted on: September 21, 2017

Walking for Wellness at the Jacksonville High School Bowl returns for another season of exercise and fellowship Monday, Oct. 2. The Walking for Wellness program provides a safe place in which to get walking exercise when weather conditions make walking outside unpleasant or dangerous. The program is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day Jacksonville School District 117 is in session. The program is closed during school holidays (including Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation) and any day school is not in session. On average, 75 people walk at the JHS Bowl each day the program is open—resulting in about 6,400 “encounters” with community members during the five months each year that Walking for Wellness is in session. Walking for Wellness is also offered year-round at First Christian Church, 2106 S. Main, in South Jacksonville. The church is open to walkers Monday-Friday 12:30 to 3 p.m. Walkers there should use the south entrance. There is no cost to participate in Walking for Wellness. Registration is not required. For additional details on Walking for Wellness, please call Passavant’s Marketing and Communications Department, 245-9541, extension 3129.

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