Inpatient Psychiatric Program: Adults

Sometimes a person’s mental illness becomes so crippling that he or she may be unable to complete activities of daily living such as caring for themselves and their family, going to work or even following health prescriptions for existing medical conditions. They may also become suicidal, aggressive or dangerous to themselves or others. When this occurs, the person may need to be voluntarily or involuntarily admitted to the hospital to be stabilized and receive treatment.

Inpatient Psychiatric Program: Adults

Who this Program Treats

The Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Program at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI) offers a secure, healing environment for patients age 18 and older. Patients who need to be admitted to the hospital commonly suffer from:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Substance-related disorders with psychiatric symptoms
  • Non-compliance with their medications

Services this Program Offers

Patients who are admitted to this program receive an array of services from an experienced team of board-certified psychiatrists, internal medicine doctors, psychiatric nurses, licensed therapists, and other behavioral health specialists.

Patients who are admitted to PPI live on one of two modern units. During their stay – which averages 7 – 10 days but can be shorter or longer – patients are immersed in an intensive therapeutic program that runs from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. The majority of the day is filled with group therapy sessions. In these sessions, which are led by our therapists, care coordinators, psychiatric nurses and behavioral health specialists, patients discuss their issues, set goals, and learn coping skills. Medication compliance, medication management as well as illness education and relapse prevention is another important part of the inpatient program.

Therapies and services offered through the Inpatient Psychiatric Program include:

  • Group, individual and family therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Exercise therapy
  • Healthy lifestyle education
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Illness education
  • Medication education
  • Relapse prevention


Each of our staff members work diligently with individual patient to make the progress required that will enable him or her to move to a less structured environment.

Getting Started

For information about the Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Program, please call the Admissions Department at (717) 782-6493 or (866) 746-2429 any time of the day or night.

For information about visiting hours and policies on our inpatient units, please click here.

How to Enter a Mental Health Treatment Program

Doctors and health care professionals

To make a referral for a patient who is medically cleared and needs inpatient mental health treatment, please contact the Admissions Department at (717) 782-6493 or (866) 746-2496.

Patients, family members and friends

If anyone other than a doctor is making a referral to one of our treatment programs, please know that a patient must be willing to sign in for voluntary treatment.  To begin the process, contact the Admissions Department at (717) 782-6493 or 866-746-2496.

Be advised that we do not admit walk-in patients at our psychiatric hospital or clinics.