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Behavioral Health Services

Holistic Treatment for the Mind & Body

Behavioral and mental health disorders affect all ages. Early identification of syndromes and symptoms are necessary for the clinicians and psychiatric providers to develop treatment and useful programs to maintain stability and rehabilitation. Therefore, greatly enhances the quality of life.

At Sherman Oaks Hospital, we have established a comprehensive psychiatric care that involves inpatient and outpatient services across age groups. We recognize that mental health services are essential to health and well-being, and optimal functioning.

Our psychiatric and mental health services population typically ranges from 12 years of age through older adults. While our inpatient serves the behavioral treatment demands and needs of adults and older adults (geriatrics), we treat a number of pediatric population (12-21 years of age) in our emergency department and intensive outpatient programs. Sherman Oaks Hospital is a 5150 psychiatric facility designated by the California Department of Mental Health for all age groups; and approved by the Los Angeles Emergency Medical Services to treat pediatric emergencies. Psychiatric and mental health services at Sherman Oaks Hospital includes diagnostic examination to determine and evaluate the whole individual including physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family, peer, and social components.

A Team Approach

Our team is comprised of experienced and compassionate healthcare professionals who are devoted to providing the care and emotional support to clients and their families. Treatment is provided by our highly qualified, trained, multidisciplinary team of experts with extensive background in:

  • Psychiatry
  • Social work
  • Nursing
  • Psychotherapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Hospital and ambulatory medicine


  • Mobile psychiatric evaluation/crisis services
  • Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • Diagnosis and management of co-occurring disorders and dual diagnosis
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Psychoeducation for patients and families
  • Medication management (psychopharmacotherapeutics)
  • Adjunctive therapies including dietary and nutrition consultations
  • Case management: discharge planning and financial counseling

Intensive Outpatient Services

The intensive outpatient program at Sherman Oaks Hospital is a non-residential, hospital-based, outpatient mental health treatment program that caters across age groups who have diagnosis of substance use, anxiety, and mood disorders. Our interprofessional team works with patients and their support groups to manage their psychiatric conditions.

The length of program varies on progress and treatment evaluations. Treatment is conducted by psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, licensed nurses, and clinical social workers and therapists in an individual (as appropriate) and group setting. Group therapy promotes coping skills, stress management, goal attainment, and treatment compliance.

Mental Health Conditions

The diagnostic statistical manual, fifth edition (DSN-V) is considered in the diagnostic and treatment planning. Usual psychiatric conditions managed at the hospital include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress disorders
  • Sleep-wake disorders
  • Developmental disorders
  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • and others

Common symptoms that are seen in the emergency and outpatient services include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Combative or violent behaviors
  • Phobias
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations

Treatment Plan

Each individual patient will receive evidence-based treatment interventions depending on specific mental and behavioral needs, which include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. Psychiatric and mental health services’ goal is to create an effective plan that will lead each patient on the road to stability. We will also make a discharge plan in order to facilitate a healthy mind and body lifestyle at home.

Admission Process

Admissions and referrals are made according to the psychiatric and behavioral needs of the patient. Patients may require acute psychiatric inpatient admissions while others would require referral for transfers, or outpatient treatment services. The hospital, along with the client and/or family work collaboratively to ensure safety and effective treatment plans. Managing psychiatric and medical conditions may be difficult for families to manage. Sherman Oaks Hospital and its team are ready to assist and guide the admission and discharge processes.

For admission information or to refer a patient, please call 866-964-9221 or at 818-968-1025. You may also FAX your referral to 818-817-3260.