Mental health services for the Treasure Valley community

The behavioral health center at West Valley Medical Center offers inpatient and outpatient mental health services for adult patients. We use a team approach to treat behavioral health conditions, with collaboration from psychiatrists, clinical social workers, nurses, art therapists, psychiatric technicians and other behavioral health professionals.

For more information about our behavioral health services, please call (208) 455-3777.

At West Valley Medical Center, behavioral health treatments are always provided in a safe, secure and confidential setting. Behavioral health patients, whether in an inpatient or outpatient program, have access to all of the medical specialists and diagnostic technologies of our acute-care hospital.

Behavioral health services

To meet the needs of the Treasure Valley community, we offer both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services.

Inpatient psychiatric care (hospitalization)

Our inpatient behavioral health program is designed for people in need of short-term, acute mental healthcare. The program is completed while the patient is hospitalized. Treatment focuses on working through immediate problems, then developing new coping skills to continue life in a positive, healthy manner.

Visit our inpatient behavioral health page to learn more about this program.

Outpatient psychiatric care (partial hospitalization)

West Valley Medical Center offers an outpatient partial hospital program (PHP) for behavioral health patients. This program is designed as a continuum of care for patients with chronic mental illness. However, to qualify for outpatient mental health services, the patient must not be a threat to themselves or others and must not be experiencing severe disruption in different areas of life.

Visit our outpatient behavioral health page to learn more about this program.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

ECT is one of the most effective treatments implemented in psychiatry. It is modernized and provided by a team of professionals that includes a psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist, and a nurse. ECT is given as a course of treatments, and the number needed to be successful can vary according to the individual.

For more information, please call (208) 455-3777 or speak with your physician.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective way to treat behavior health disorders, including:

  • Bipolar disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Severe depression

Who is a candidate?

Individuals who have sought treatment for depression, who have tried at least two medications and have not received any benefit from those medications.

When should someone consider ECT?

Psychiatrists often try medications first, but if those aren’t effective and individuals aren’t experiencing relief from their symptoms, ECT is a viable option. ECT may also be recommended for an individual who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or tendencies.

Efficacy

ECT has been studied for decades with numerous clinical research trials validating its efficacy and safety. ECT is one of the most effective therapies available, with remission rates up to 80%.

How is ECT performed?

A psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and registered nurse specially trained in ECT treatments will be involved in patient care the day of the procedure. The process is quick and painless, typically lasting less than 60 seconds.

Read Idaho news 6 article on Electroconvulsive therapy