Psychiatry and Mental Health Services

Mental health problems can happen to any person, regardless of his or her age, gender, race or income. Mental illness is a disorder of the brain and, like other disorders that affect organs, is not the result of a personal weakness, lack of character or poor parenting.

Mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety disorders, mood instability, and other psychiatric disorders, can disrupt a person’s thinking, emotions, moods and ability to relate to others. One in five adults will have a mental illness severe enough to require treatment during his or her lifetime, and many more will have emotional and mental health problems that prevent them from fully enjoying their lives.

For more than 25 years, St. Clair Hospital has provided comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for persons with mental illness. The Psychiatry and Mental Health Services program offers a safe compassionate treatment environment where patients can understand their illness and begin the recovery process.

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Inpatient Unit

The 26-bed Psychiatry and Mental Health inpatient unit is for adult patients seeking treatment for the acute phase of their illness. Comprehensive treatment and after-care planning begins at admission in collaboration with the patient and his or her support system, including other mental health professionals, family, and friends. The patient’s family is an integral part of the care team and is encouraged to take an active role in their loved one’s treatment and discharge planning process. Their involvement helps assure that stabilization and healing continue after the patient has left the unit to pursue outpatient care. Our professional, multidisciplinary care team, consisting of board-certified psychiatrists, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, and nursing support staff, works with each patient to develop a treatment plan tailored to his or her specific needs. Medical and psychosocial treatment interventions such as medication management and group therapy are utilized to improve the patient’s condition. The inpatient team also has at its disposal an array of consultants and diagnostic services that can be prescribed on an individualized basis.

For more information about the Inpatient Unit, please call 412.942.4800.


Outpatient Services

Psychiatry and Mental Health outpatient services provided at St. Clair Hospital include the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Both of these programs are designed as a possible alternative to an inpatient stay for adults with acute psychiatric illness. Individuals who did have an inpatient stay and might need additional treatment upon discharge may also benefit from one of our specialized outpatient programs. In addition to seeing a psychiatrist on a regular basis, both the PHP and the IOP offer a group approach to treatment. In addition to group psychotherapy and expressive therapy, our program offers group therapy focusing on problem solving, relapse prevention, assertiveness training, community living and lifestyle skills, medication education, and stress management. The location of Outpatient Services is next to the Inpatient Unit on the Fourth Floor of the Hospital.

Unlike traditional outpatient programs, individuals in the Partial Hospitalization program may attend up to six hours a day, four days a week (usually Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). The length of time that an individual may participate in PHP varies based on each individual’s situation. The multidisciplinary team meets with participants to evaluate, plan and assist in their treatment goals. The number of hours an individual attends PHP varies but all participants begin at 9:00 a.m.

Individuals who may not need the intensity of treatment that the PHP provides but still needs more than traditional outpatient therapy may participate in the Intensive Outpatient Program. Individuals in IOP participate up to three hours a day, 3 days a week. In order to provide flexibility, IOP is offered during both day and evening hours (Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 a.m – noon or Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

For more information about Outpatient Services, please call 412.942.4860.


Mental Health Consultation-Liaison Program

The Mental Health Consultation-Liaison Program provides comprehensive evaluation services for patients in St. Clair Hospital’s Emergency Department who are identified as needing psychiatric care or other crisis intervention. The Mental Health Consultation-Liaison Program includes psychiatrists and specially-trained nurses who also provide patient-centered consultations throughout the Hospital.


Community Outreach

A primary goal of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services is to minimize the impact of mental illness, not only for our patients, but for the community as well. Educational programs are conducted throughout the year. Our professional staff is available to talk to community or business groups on a wide range of topics, including stress management and signs and symptoms of depression. To schedule a speaker, please call the Hospital’s Public Relations Department at 412.942.6280.

St. Clair Hospital facilitates two general mental health support groups in the community. These groups are designed to provide the help and education to better live with the challenges of mental illness. The first group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month (except July) from 7:30 – 9 pm at Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park. The second group, which is co-facilitated with Chartiers Mental Health, is held on the first Tuesday of each month 6:30 – 7:45 pm and on the third Tuesday of each month 11 am – 12:30 pm at the Bridgeville Public Library, 505 McMillen Street, Bridgeville. Family members are also welcome to attend these groups.

Staff from Psychiatry and Mental Health and Women and Children services have partnered together to provide “Baby Steps,” a mental health support group to assist new and expecting mothers dealing with the emotional transitions of pregnancy and motherhood. “Baby Steps” is held at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Group sessions are conducted in the Hospital’s Medical Library located on the Fourth Floor. For a list of upcoming programs, visit the Programs and Events section of this Web site or call 412.942.5882.

Visit the Programs & Events section of this Website for a listing of upcoming programs or call 412.942.4800.


Postpartum Depression

For most women, welcoming a baby into the world is a time of great excitement and new beginnings. But for some, the major life changes associated with having a new baby can cause a variety of postpartum disorders, including depression or anxiety, obsessive compulsive, panic, or posttraumatic stress disorders. Click here for more information regarding postpartum depression.


Helping Patients Overcome Hurdles

In an issue of HouseCall, physician Bruce A. Wright, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Clair Hospital, discusses how he and other department staff are helping to relieve the stigma long associated with phychiatric illnessnes. A patient success story is also included in this article. To read more, click here (PDF).


Contact Information and Visiting Hours:

Monday through Friday – 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Weekends and Holidays – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Psychiatry Mental Health Inpatient Unit: 412.942.4800

Psychiatry and Mental Health Outpatient Services: 412.942.4860

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All of the psychiatrists on staff at St. Clair Hospital are board certified. Search for a doctor in our online physician directory.

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