Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Treatment Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
The Psychiatric Treatment Center (PTC) is a 48 bed inpatient facility within Fort Walton Beach medical Center that is dedicated to providing quality mental health care. The PTC is located on the first floor and is composed of two separate 24-bed acute care psychiatric units caring for adults 18 years and older who require inpatient psychiatric treatment.
The PTC provides treatment for a variety of psychiatric conditions coexisting with medical problems. A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is available as well as a treatment program tailored to the individual needs of each patient. Following a comprehensive evaluation, a plan of care is formulated for each patient based on his/her individual needs including medical, psychiatric, family, and psychosocial components. The objective of this acute treatment is to stabilize patients, improve their functioning, and successfully transition them to their next level of care.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides an opportunity for patients to come to the Psychiatric Treatment Center on an outpatient basis, return to their residences, gaining much-needed life skills and support.
The IOP is open to adults age 18 and above. Patients eligible for admission to the Program have an Axis I psychiatric diagnosis and experience a number of symptoms and issues that can be alleviated in a group therapy setting. Services are prescribed by one of our staff psychiatrists and operate under an individualized treatment plan. The plan specifies the type, amount, frequency and duration of the services to be provided.
IOP Services are indicated to improve a patient’s condition, to prevent relapse or hospitalization and improve the patient’s level of functioning. There are no specific limits on the length of time that services may be covered. Factors that affect the outcome of treatment include the nature of the illness, prior history, the goals of treatment, and the patient’s response.
The Program follows a group therapy model. Patients will attend three-hour modules; each module offers two separate and distinct therapy groups per visit. Groups focus on psychotherapy topics appropriate to the population and address issues faced by the participants.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Within our therapeutic program, we have a specialized treatment available for diagnostically appropriate patients - Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). ECT is offered initially in an inpatient program with the option of outpatient and/or continuation ECT or maintenance ECT. Referrals are based on the patient's diagnosis, the nature and severity of symptoms, the patient's treatment history, potential risk, potential benefits of alternative treatments, and patient preferences.
Clinical Indications for ECT:
- Need for rapid intervention
- Treatment failure with medications
- Adverse and unavoidable effects from other interventions
Major Psychiatric Indications for ECT:
- Refractory Depression
- Bipolar Depression
- Bipolar mania with Depression
- Schizophrenia, particularly Catatonic type
- Schizoaffective Disorder
In conclusion, the essence of the Psychiatric Treatment Center is rooted in the relentless professionals working together to promote a spirit of hope, compassion, and genuine caring for the mentally ill of our community and surrounding areas.
Our program is comprised of various disciplines: psychiatrists, nursing staff (RNs and LPNs), administrative staff, mental health technicians, licensed mental health counselors, and therapeutic activities service personnel. The nursing staff monitors patients' physical as well as mental health, administer medications as ordered, and coordinate patients' care with the rest of the staff.
Master's level Social Workers coordinate with other disciplines to provide optimal patient care. The Social Work team conducts the following: a comprehensive psychosocial assessment, discharge planning, and individual, marital and family therapeutic sessions. Social Workers participate in interdisciplinary team meetings for the development and review of individual treatment plans for patients. Additionally, Social Workers respond to consult requests on the hospital's medical floors.
A Social Worker is not only a patient's advocate in treatment and discharge planning, but also makes contact and assists a patient in accessing needed services in the community. Social Workers are attuned to issues of neglect, abuse, or exploitation and report to appropriate state and community agencies as needed. Discharge planning is a priority for many patients who have chronic mental illness, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, mental retardation, or complications of substance abuse. Social Workers explore and facilitate patient referrals to group homes, therapeutic foster homes, assisted living facilities, and health and rehabilitation (nursing) homes.
Master's level counselors (Licensed Mental Health Counselors) are part of the multidisciplinary team that meets four days a week to initiate a treatment plan for each patient. Each treatment plan addresses the primary problems that necessitated hospitalization. Licensed Mental Health Counselors work cooperatively with nursing staff to conduct group therapy sessions seven days a week. Group Therapy is the primary psychological treatment modality used for PTC patients. Focus for groups include, but are not limited to: Dual Diagnosis (for patients with substance abuse/dependence as well as mental illness); Trauma/Abuse (for patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder); Education groups (addressing Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Grief, and other conditions); Hypnotherapy; and Relaxation.
Within the group therapy program is the Dual Diagnosis track. To determine whether or not a patient is appropriate for this track, he/she is given an extensive alcohol/drug assessment. Dual Diagnosis patients attend specialized groups and are seen individually as needed. They are encouraged to attend an open to the public AA meeting each Tuesday at 2:00 PM in the PTC One South dining room. Our goal is to provide alcohol/drug education and enlightenment to assist each Dual Diagnosis patient on his/her road to recovery.
Therapeutic Activities Services
The Therapeutic Activities Services program offers recreational and leisure experiences for our psychiatric patients, who, even with certain limitations, can be encouraged to function at their highest potential. Our program endeavors to achieve for each patient: elevated self-esteem, improved interpersonal skills and communication, improved ability to follow directions, improved hand/eye coordination, and decreased anxiety and tension.
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