Behavioral Health Services

University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans offers Behavioral Health Services to meet the needs of those struggling with mental health issues that have substantially disrupted their daily lives.

Our multidisciplinary teams, working in our 60-bed Inpatient Units and 26-bed Behavioral Health Emergency Room, provide comprehensive evaluations and individualized care so that patients may recover and improve their quality of life.

Our dedicated team includes a variety of healthcare professionals on the treatment team including:

  • Board-certified psychiatrists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Specially trained nurses
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Therapeutic recreational specialists

Referring a Patient?

Referrals are accepted from physicians, insurance companies, mental health professionals, family members and individuals. For more information, call 504-702-5700.

Our Services

Behavioral Health Emergency Room
The 26-bed UMC Behavioral Health Emergency Room (BHER)  specializes in pro-active, rapid assessment, stabilization and treatment of patients in crisis.
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Adult Inpatient Services
UMC's 60-bed Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit provides compassionate care to adults who are in need of  short-term hospitalization for crisis intervention, assessment and symptom stabilization. Patients are placed on the therapeutic unit that would be of most benefit for their condition. 
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Integrated Outpatient Care
The Integrated Outpatient Care clinics at UMC provide patients with high-quality care for ongoing medical and behavioral health needs. 
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    Consultation Liaison Service
    The UMC Consultation and Liaison service provides psychiatric and psychologic care to patients admitted to the ICU, medical and surgical units.
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    If you or a loved one are having suicidal thoughts or experiencing a mental health emergency, you should seek help immediately.

      Community Resources

      Click here for a list of community resources and outpatient psychiatry programs in and around New Orleans.

      Crisis Hotlines

       Call VIALink by dialing 211 or 1 (800) 749-2673. Call 24/7 for information and resources on health services.
      Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255
      Deaf/hard of hearing: (800) 799-4889 for TTY.
      En Español: 1 (888) 628-9454 or chat with a crisis counselor  1p.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Friday.

      Our Partners


      The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans has teaching, research, and health care functions state-wide, through its six professional schools and twelve Centers of Excellence, as well as the more than one hundred hospitals and other health science related institutions with which they maintain affiliations.


      The second-oldest medical school in the Deep South and the 15th oldest medical school in the United States, Tulane School of Medicine is equipping the next generation of medical professionals with the tools to succeed in a rapidly changing world and shape the future of health care.