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Behavioral Health Services Department

Our 31-Bed Unit combines an environment of safety and comfort for our patients, with our program designed to provide individualized treatment based upon each patient's clinical needs in a therapeutic environment for anxious, depressed or bipolar patients, including seniors suffering with acute mental health changes through quality care and stabilization in a safe secure setting.

Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach, we provide patients with individual and group therapy programs, including medication management.

Treating a wide variety of behavioral health diagnoses in a calm and soothing environment, we also provide adult acute psychiatric inpatient care and are a designated Baker Act receiving facility.

Our programs include:

  • Adult and Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatric Services - Comprehensive diagnostic assessment and short-term intensive crisis stabilization treatment
  • Adult Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Adult Intensive Outpatient Program

The high quality care we provide is evident in all of our treatment modalities. Our Psychiatrists head the treatment team of experienced mental health professionals, including Nurses, Therapists, Social Workers, Mental Health Technicians and Occupational Therapists.

  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Psycho-Educational Group Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Family Therapy
  • Medication Management

The overall goal of the Behavioral Health Services Department is to provide rapid stabilization in a safe, therapeutic environment, returning patients to their home environment as soon as possible.

For additional information, please contact the Behavioral Health Services intake department at (561) 548-2673.


The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at JFK Medical Center provides a safe and caring setting that includes an intensive level of psychiatric treatment in an outpatient setting.

The primary goal of PHP is to optimize outcomes through individualized treatment in a caring and therapeutic environment.

Individual, family and group counseling will help improve a patient’s level of functioning and reduce symptoms to prevent relapse or hospitalization.

Each patient participates in a formal comprehensive clinical evaluation completed by our team of clinicians, which consists of psychiatrists, social workers and registered nurses. Individualized treatment plans incorporate the results of the multidisciplinary evaluations to include the patient’s strengths, limitations and goals for treatment.

Various treatment services include:

  • Group Therapy
  • Communication Skills
  • Medication Education & Monitoring
  • Problem Solving & Coping Skills
  • Grief and Loss
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Morning Snack and Lunch
  • Discharge Planning

Referrals may be made by the individual, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, social service agencies or family members.

The Partial Hospitalization Program is an outpatient short-term treatment. Length of participation varies on an individual basis. Program hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 2:30pm.

Aftercare planning is a critical part of the treatment process and begins at admission.

Our treatment team will coordinate with the patient's psychiatrist, therapist and/or significant others, to develop an aftercare plan. This may include therapy referrals, support groups, and/or community services.

Admission Criteria:

  • 18 years of age and older

  • Impairment in areas of:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
    • Bipolar Disorders
    • Co-occurring disorders, such as
    • substance abuse
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Medically stable to participate in the program
  • No immediate risk of harm to self or others

JFK Medical Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to treat and improve the lives of adults suffering from primarily psychiatric disorders, with additional focus on co-occurring problems.

IOP affords the individual the opportunity to integrate daily routines, such as work or school, and participate in treatment with flexible programming.

Frequent sessions can help to maintain abstinence, improve mental health and improve quality of life.

Intensive outpatient provides additional individuals intensive services such as group sessions 3 days a week.

Recent studies by the National Institute for Mental Health conclude that diagnosing and treating emotional and mental health problems more than doubles the success rate for people with alcohol and/or drug dependence.

While dedicated to excellence, our Intensive Outpatient Program, provides a co-occurring comprehensive treatment program including specialized evaluations to meet the needs of each individual.

  • Recognizing and accepting the illness
  • Developing and improving coping skills
  • Eliminating unhealthy behavior patterns
  • Beginning the recovery process toward abstinence
  • Accessing sober support systems in the community

The Intensive Outpatient Program is specifically designed to stabilize the condition of the individual, enhance self-understanding, teach new coping skills and eliminate symptomatic behavior.

We accomplish this through the use of treatment approaches including:

  • Psycho therapeutic interventions
  • Use of the 12 step recovery model
  • Life management skills
  • Planning for recovery and relapse prevention
  • Medication education
  • Re-building personal and professional relationships
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Education and referral to community resources

The primary modality utilized is group therapy as clinicians facilitate 4 group therapy sessions each day.

Upon this foundation, our treatment professionals develop an individualized treatment plan, skills training, therapeutic activities and special focus groups that address the patient’s individual needs.

Activities and groups may include:

  • Anger Management
  • Problem Solving/Coping Skills
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Cognitive/Behavioral Groups
  • Addiction Education
  • Grief and Loss Issues
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Skill Building
  • Wellness Planning
  • Relapse Prevention

The Intensive Outpatient Program staff includes a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified professionals. All staff members have specialized training and experience in addictions and the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Our treatment staff includes:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Masters level Social Workers
  • Registered Nurses

The focus of our treatment program is to achieve maximum progress toward recovery in a relatively short stay.

In our program, treatment personnel work closely with employee assistance professionals, managed care companies, employers and insurance companies to help ensure a timely and smooth transition back to family, work and other areas of productive activity.

Upon discharge, we ensure that issues and needs identified during treatment continue to be addressed by providing therapy referrals, self-help groups and additional community supports that address psychiatric and addiction issues.

Our admission process is confidential and available Monday through Friday by appointment.

The Intensive Outpatient Program is individualized and length of participation varies. Medicare and most private insurances are accepted.