Northeast: Mental Health Services

Located in northeast Philadelphia about 15 miles away from the main Belmont Behavioral Health campus, Belmont Northeast is a community-based program that provides a range of services to adults with mental health needs.

Treatment at Belmont Northeast begins by developing a personalized plan that specifically addresses the patient’s strengths, needs, and treatment goals. This treatment plan is developed via a collaborative effort between the individual in treatment and his or her clinical team, and is designed to promote long-term recovery. We provide care for individuals with a range of mental health issues. While the following is by no means an exclusive list, these are among the most common issues that we treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Our treatment is based on a range of empirically supported interventions that may include the following:

  • Individual therapy allows patients to have a chance to receive one-on-one support with an experienced therapist. These sessions, typically lasting one hour each, occur on a regular basis and give patients more intensive support than can be provided in group sessions. Furthermore, individual therapy allows patients to discuss issues that may be too sensitive for a group setting.
  • Groups are the centerpiece of treatment at Belmont Northeast. They allow patients to come together and share in their recovery journeys. Led by experienced clinicians, groups are a safe place for patients to support and be supported by each other as they practice recovery skills and develop their ability to manage their mental illnesses.
  • Psychoeducation proves the adage that knowledge is power. As patients learn about their mental illnesses and how mental illness affects their lives, they develop the power to manage their illness and build supports in their lives that can help protect them from relapse.
  • Experiential activities allow patients to involve their whole bodies, minds, and spirits in the recovery effort. Designed to supplement traditional talk therapy, Belmont Northeast offers a range of experiential therapies. Recreation therapy helps patients learn how leisure and “for fun” activities can actually benefit their recovery. Music therapy helps patients tap into the power of music for emotional healing. Horticultural therapy allows patients to experience the joy and peace of nurturing life and watching it grow through gardening and outdoor exercises, and in the process, they watch themselves grow as well.

Our treatment team is headed by board-certified psychiatrists and includes a licensed psychologist, licensed social workers, case managers, nurses, a recreation therapist, a music therapist, and a horticulture therapist. In addition, we also include lunch in day treatment and provide free transportation to and from our center.

We offer multiple levels of care to address our patients’ needs:

  • Acute Partial Hospitalization – This care level is designed for individuals who are either stepping down from inpatient care or are stepping up from outpatient care. It provides a greater degree of support than outpatient services do, but also begins to merge care with life outside of treatment. Patients in acute partial hospitalization return home at the end of the day and commute to and from Belmont Northeast each day.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – Intensive outpatient care at Belmont Northeast is designed for individuals who do not need the support of an inpatient stay or a partial hospitalization program (PHP) but who would benefit from more care than traditional outpatient treatment can provide. IOP care includes groups three days per week and is designed to be a final step before patients return to traditional outpatient care.
  • Sub-acute Partial Hospitalization – Our sub-acute partial program typically includes a longer length of stay and is designed to provide ongoing structure and support in the form of cognitively-based groups, activity groups, and other interventions.
  • Outpatient – Traditional outpatient care includes individual therapy with licensed clinicians in an outpatient setting. Sessions typically occur once or twice per week, and consultation with a psychiatrist is also available alongside psychotherapy services.

All of our services include thorough discharge planning. We recognize that individuals are only in our care for a relatively short period of time, so we begin planning for discharge from day one of treatment. Our intention is to provide the care that enables our patients to stabilize during a crisis, be supported by their peers and our treatment team, learn skills to help them avoid relapse, and equip them with the ability to live as independently as they are able. As such, we value working collaboratively with patients to develop a thorough discharge plan that ensures that they are discharged into the care of qualified treatment personnel in their communities. A thorough discharge plan also helps prevent treatment disruptions that may negatively affect the progress they have made in treatment with us.

If you feel that you or someone you love might benefit from our services, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and hope to be the place where you or someone you love comes to heal.

Belmont Behavioral Hospital – Northeast
11600 Caroline Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

For individual or group treatment, call 215-632-6400

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