Effective June 1, 2022, NCH Healthcare System (NCH) will begin to transition inpatient psychiatric services to a fully outpatient program to be completed by July 1 when the inpatient unit will be closed.
NCH will be collaborating with local behavioral health experts at David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) to refer patients who may require inpatient services that present at an NCH hospital. NCH outpatient behavioral health services remain unaffected by this change.
NCH remains committed to exceptional quality care for all families. We are proud to further enhance our collaborative relationship with the David Lawrence Centers – one of the best in the provision of exceptional, comprehensive, and high-quality care – to maintain the continuity of behavioral health care for our community.
NCH outpatient behavioral health services are unaffected by this change and will continue to be offered at these locations.
When we opened our psychiatric unit over 30 years ago, NCH was the sole provider of inpatient behavioral health services in Collier County, but today that is no longer the case.
Quality of patient care is at the core of everything we do, and with that thought in mind, NCH joined a growing number of other hospitals across the nation who have made the decision to enhance the level of behavioral health available to patients by collaborating with facilities that specifically offer expertise and specialization in psychiatric services.
Doing this will provide patients with expert care provided by devoted psychiatric specialists while allowing the hospital the ability to focus vital resources on other core competencies.
David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) is the local behavioral health experts.
DLC encompasses several key areas of behavioral health, such as robust mental health and addiction recovery services, offered to individuals of all ages. DLC can provide life-changing assistance and support through their evidence-based education, prevention, intervention, and treatment.
Click here for more information about DLC from their website.
DLC is in the process of building out 15 additional mental health unit beds to bring their licensed capacity from 30 beds to 45.
NCH Behavioral Health was comprised of 12 beds total.
When NCH decided to offer in-patient psychiatric services many years ago, there were no other institutions available in our area that offered inpatient mental health care in our community. Today, in addition to DLC, some other options available for psychiatric care include the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Saluscare, a nonprofit addiction and mental health center and Park Royal Hospital, a private 114-bed mental health hospital.
There were 24 employees in the Behavioral Health Center. Roughly half of those are actively interviewing for other positions throughout the system while the other half are considering positions at DLC.