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ABOUT NYC HEALTH + HOSPITALS/ BELLEVUE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, located in Manhattan, was founded in 1736 and is the oldest public hospital in the United States. Inpatient residential care is available for those struggling with substance abuse issues or co-occurring mental health issues.
Other adult services include a methadone treatment program and outpatient care options. Bilingual treatment is available for Spanish and Chinese-speaking individuals, and medical detox is offered on-site. Inpatient and outpatient care is available for children and adolescents in separate units.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the facility’s website, care consists of individual treatment plans that include individual and group therapy and medication management, with the goal of helping patients return to their communities as productive, contributing members. Family participation is encouraged.
Intensive medical and psychiatric care may also be integrated into treatment as needed. Bellevue offers different specialty programs to accommodate the needs of different patients including the Intensive Personality Disorder Program (IPDP), for those with personality disorders, and the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic for individuals over 65 years old.
For those suffering from substance abuse issues, there is a methadone treatment program that combines psychiatric treatment and counseling with vocational rehabilitation.
Bellevue also provides community assistance through a Supportive Case Management Program that targets homeless mentally ill adults and outpatient programs for those who have been court-ordered into treatment. Crisis intervention services are available 24 hours a day.
As a hospital, Bellevue employs a comprehensive treatment team of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, and social workers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Potential Bellevue patients can expect a traditional hospital setting. There are eight different inpatient units. The medical detoxification unit has 20 beds. Alumni and loved ones of alumni provided and average rating of three out of five stars for Bellevue’s accommodations, and more than one reviewer noted that the facility was clean.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Three of the four alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com shared positive experiences. All four alumni agreed that the accommodations were satisfactory, giving the facility four or five out of five stars. When asked if they would recommend the facility, the alumni offered a lukewarm average rating of 2.75 out of five stars.
The three alumni polled on exercise and leisure provisions and holistic treatment offerings each gave two- and three-star ratings, while feedback regarding family participation was mixed, with a one-, a two-, and a three-star rating.
Some alumni appreciated the innovative and diverse treatment options. One anonymous alum awarded their treatment effectiveness a maximum five stars and wrote: “I was amazed to see so many creative offers. Kareoke art therapy, dance instructors, drama group (s). Yoga, breathing exercises. CBT. Anger Mngt. Peer Counselor facilitated groups… And the groups are amazing. Patients that would'nt talk for 2 weeks would get up and sing at kareoke.” However, this same alum felt that staff had “little understanding” of how to appropriately care for patients struggling with relapse.
Another anonymous alum felt that treatment was highly effective and noted the involvement of family members. They praised the “very professional” staff, but were critical of the actual facility, writing: “Facilities need to be updated.”
Other critiques of Bellevue included the duration of treatment. One anonymous alum who struggled with heroin addiction felt that three to five days of treatment was insufficient. They wrote: “when you leave your still sick.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date were positive in their responses but not without constructive feedback. All loved ones gave four- or five-star ratings for the facility’s cleanliness. One anonymous survey respondent felt that the hospital was “clean” and “well run,” but gave treatment effectiveness a middling three out of five stars. They also noted that the hospital’s services were “expensive.”
An uncle of a former patient found the facility to be “on the small side,” but praised the staffand the positive change he saw in his nephew. He told Rehabs.com: “I really liked the staff they were friendly and knew all the patients by name … My nephew who is usually a very nervous young man seemed calm and relaxed and open to having us visit.”
While Bellevue does not publish its rates, one can assume that pricing is in line with that of a public hospital. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance are accepted, and some financial assistance is available for qualifying individuals.
Published on August 2017
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