Behavioral health services in Kissimmee, Florida
The Behavioral Health Center of Osceola Regional Medical Center provides compassionate and complete mental health services. We address mental health conditions through a trauma-informed approach. This means we focus on the relationship between all types of trauma and your symptoms. Whatever you need, we will help you recover.
To learn more about the behavioral health services we offer, please call (407) 518-5835.
Highlights of our behavioral health program
Our 25-bed facility is designed to meet your specific needs and give you the resources you need to recover. Features of our behavioral health program include:
- Adult inpatient program for mental health and psychiatric care
- Semiprivate suites, including two safe rooms for de-escalation
- Modern interior decor to promote tranquility, warmth and healing
- Family waiting room, group therapy room and activities room
- Designated Baker Act receiving facility
- 24 hours physician psychiatric coverage 7 days a week
- Six-bed emergency room (ER) behavioral health intake unit
A trauma-informed approach
Our Behavioral Health Center is designed to provide a trauma-informed approach to care. It is designed specifically to address the consequences of trauma and to facilitate healing. Trauma-specific interventions recognize the need to be respected, informed, connected and hopeful about recovery. '
Our staff is trained to recognize the interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma—such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and anxiety. They work collaboratively with patients and their families in a manner that will empower and promote recovery.
Behavioral health services
Depending on your needs, we work with you to determine the best treatment plan. Your plan may include any one or a combination of our services, including:
- A therapeutic community model with daily meetings, goal-setting and an emphasis on the treatment philosophy of trauma-informed care
- Daily individual visits by the attending psychiatrist
- 24/7 nursing care with medication management
- Patient and family education
- Group therapy facilitated by a master’s level clinician six days a week
- Individual therapy, case management and aftercare planning with family intervention
- Treatment-focused activities designed to treat necessary lifestyle skills
- Continuous monitoring to ensure safety
Behavioral health team
Our team of behavioral health specialists work together to provide you with comprehensive mental health care. This team includes:
- Registered nurses (RNs)
- Mental health technicians
- Social workers
- Recreation therapists
Intensive outpatient program (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP)
The IOP/PHP allows you to receive group therapy and return to the comfort of your own home each day after treatment. It can be an excellent option if you do not require hospitalization but would benefit from additional therapy.
While in the IOP/PHP, you will be under the care of a psychiatrist and receive therapy from a licensed behavioral health professional. The goal is to gradually reduce your participation in the program as your symptoms improve.
Hours for the programs are from 9am to 5pm.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
ECT is a modern medical treatment used to treat mental conditions, such as severe depression, mania or schizophrenia.
What to expect during ECT
During treatment, you will first be given general anesthesia, muscle relaxants and oxygen. Next you will receive a brief electrical stimulation to the scalp. This encourages the brain to release chemicals that help restore normal functioning.
ECT is given by a team of doctors, nurses and nursing assistants, often with an anesthesia specialist. A typical course of treatment is six to 12 sessions performed two to three times per week. These sessions may be inpatient, outpatient or a combination of the two.
Benefits of ECT
ECT may be prescribed if you are not responding to other forms of treatment for your mental health condition. Benefits over medication or medication alone may include:
- Fewer side effects
- Quicker relief
- Faster, more effective treatment if you have a relapse after therapy
For more information about ECT, please call Claudia Swonger, MA, LMHC, Director of Behavior Health Community Outreach at (407) 518-1143 or by email.