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Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral & Mental Health Services  

Southern Hills Hospital’s mental health program currently focuses on senior psychiatric treatment for patients ages 50 and up. Depression, anxiety, dementia, substance abuse issues and other behavioral health issues are treated through our psych program. We offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment, and provide 24/7 assessment by calling (702) 880-2415.

We are the only acute care hospital in the region. This means we can take care of both mental health patients and provide surgical needs.

Recognizing the community need for more mental health resources, Southern Hills Hospital recently announced its plans to build an 80-bed psych facility treating ages 13 and up, with a target opening in 2017.

Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center to Build 80-Bed Inpatient Psychiatric Facility

LAS VEGAS (May 19, 2016) – Responding to an acute need in the Las Vegas Valley, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center announces plans for an 80-bed inpatient psychiatric facility attached to its existing main hospital structure at its West Sunset Road campus. The facility is slated to break ground before the end of the year and open in 2017. With the addition of this new facility, Southern Hills Hospital will expand to a 266-bed hospital.

The approximately $26 million behavioral health center will ease the chronic lack of space and add services to treat adolescents (ages 13 to 17) through senior patients, age 55 and over.

“The Behavioral Health Center at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center will transform mental health care in Southern Nevada,” said Adam Rudd, CEO of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. “There is a glaring need for additional resources to treat people dealing with addiction, depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders.”

Rudd noted that each day dozens of mentally ill Southern Nevadans have no option but to wait in emergency rooms for a bed to become available.

“This facility marks Southern Hills’ and Sunrise Health System’s continued commitment to those suffering from behavioral health issues,” Rudd said. “We are not only expanding our services to behavioral health patients, but also investing in brand new construction to ensure they receive state-of-the-art care.”

Southern Hills created RISE (Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) Behavioral Health services in 2012. The 14-bed inpatient unit for seniors expanded in 2014 to include outpatient services, and is certified for its Alzheimer’s disease program by The Joint Commission. When the new behavioral health center opens, the RISE unit will transfer to the new facility, with the geriatric psychiatric program retaining its name as RISE Behavioral Health.

Upon completion, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center will house more psychiatric beds than any acute care hospital in Southern Nevada. The hospital setting will also foster an atmosphere of holistic care for patients.

“Construction of our new building reinforces Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center as a true community partner,” Rudd said. “Guided by our principles of trauma informed care and relationships with some of the best psychiatrists in Las Vegas, we are poised to provide one of the best mental health provider platforms in the West.”

The construction announcement drew bipartisan praise.

Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager (D-Las Vegas), in whose district the facility will be located, is pleased the facility will accept Medicaid. “Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center’s new psych facility will meet a huge need in District F and Clark County as a whole. The lack of Medicaid psych beds has led to overcrowded emergency rooms in our hospitals and delayed treatment for those in dire need,” she said. “I am pleased that the new hospital will treat psych patients ranging all the way from adolescents to the elderly. It will mean a marked improvement in our county’s care for this terribly underserved population.”

State Senator Becky Harris (R-Las Vegas) echoed those sentiments.

“I am thrilled that Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center is providing solutions for this considerable need in the southwest valley,” she said. “The severely limited number of hospital beds for patients in need of mental health services was a critical gap identified by the Governor’s Council. I congratulate Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center for its timely $26 million investment and for providing 80 new hospital beds for patients in need of mental health services at their full-service psychiatric facility.”

The psychiatric building will operate under the hospital’s license, and will accept patients with state-funded Medicaid coverage, Medicare, and all private insurance.


Southern Hills Hospital Opens RISE Behavioral Health Unit

Southern Hills Hospital is proud to provide its newest service to the community: RISE (Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) Behavioral Health, a 14-bed specialty unit serving ages 55 and over.

RISE offers inpatient acute treatment and, now, provides an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The RISE Senior Intensive Outpatient Program is a weekly group therapy program, which meets three days per week. The IOP is designed to meet the mental health treatment needs of patients who are ages 50 and older. The IOP runs Monday through Wednesday from 9:00am - 1:00pm. Treatment will last approximately six to eight weeks, depending on the individual and their progress.

Southern Hills Hospital’s Behavioral Health Department provides assessment for seniors with behavioral health concerns and those with co-occurring medical issues. The program meets a critical community need, and, with its specialized services, is expected to become a vital resource for Arizona, California, Southern Nevada and Utah.

This unit treats behavioral health needs, including, but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety disorders