Behavioral health center in Caldwell, Idaho

Our mental health encompasses different aspects of our well-being including our psychological, emotional and social health. When we are mentally unwell, it can affect our thoughts, feelings and actions and touch all areas of our lives. Mental health and wellness treatment aims to help patients suffering from mental illness through methods such as psychotherapy, group therapy and medication.

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Mental health services

At West Valley Medical Center, behavioral health treatments are always provided in a safe, secure and confidential setting. All of our behavioral health patients have access to all of the medical specialists and diagnostic technologies of our acute-care hospital. To meet the needs of the Caldwell, ID community, we offer both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services.

The mental health and wellness program at West Valley Medical Center offers inpatient and outpatient mental health services for adults. 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.

Inpatient psychiatric care

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 and in need of 24-hour monitoring. Our behavioral health specialists focus on providing a safe environment while working through a patient's immediate problems. Then, we help develop new coping skills to continue living life in a positive, healthy manner.

Outpatient psychiatric care

West Valley offers comprehensive outpatient mental health programs, including group therapy for adults and adolescents in person and via telehealth. Our outpatient group therapies are led by licensed counselors and include weekly psychiatric appointments for medication management as well as education by a registered nurse.

Our outpatient programs include:

  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP): West Valley offers outpatient counseling services through PHP. This outpatient program is designed as a continuum of care for patients with chronic mental illness using group therapy five days a week. To qualify for outpatient mental health services, the patient must be 18 years old and older, not be a threat to themselves or others and must not be experiencing severe disruption in different areas of life.
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP): is offered for both adults and adolescents three days a week. This program often follows patients who do not need our PHP's five days a week, but will still benefit from multiple weekly group therapy sessions.

For both PHP and IOP, patients receive an individualized treatment plan and a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. We also offer family support services for those who have a loved one with mental illness.

Our outpatient group therapy programs offer many benefits to our patients, including:

  • Peer support and mental health care
  • Access to a team of mental health professionals while living at home and sleeping in your own bed
  • Support as you transition from inpatient to outpatient therapy
  • Safety, mindfulness and stability care
  • Learning new coping skills and strategies for symptom management through group therapy

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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Far from how it has been depicted on television and in movies, electroconvulsive therapy is one of the most effective treatments implemented in psychiatry today. Those who have been treated with ECT find it can have life-changing results by providing relief from the symptoms of chronic mental illness. It is modernized and provided by a team of compassionate professionals that includes a psychiatrist, an anesthesiologist and a nurse.

ECT is administered as multiple courses of treatment over a period of time. The number of treatments needed to be successful varies with each individual. ECT is a safe and effective way to treat behavioral health disorders including:

  • Bipolar disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Severe depression

Who is a candidate for ECT?

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

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.

Does ECT work?

ECT has been studied for decades with numerous clinical research trials confirming its effectiveness and safety. ECT is one of the most effective therapies available for treating severe and treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, with 80 percent of patients reporting substantial improvements, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

How is ECT performed?

On the day of the procedure, a specially trained psychiatrist, anesthesiologist and registered nurse will be involved in patient care. ECT treatments are performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. During the procedure, short electrical currents are passed through the brain. The process is quick and painless, typically lasting less than 60 seconds.