Call us: 757.888.0400 or 800.697.0999
Newport News Behavioral Health Center provides quality mental health treatment for males and females, ages 11-18, in a safe and secure, therapeutic environment.

Admissions for Acute Care

Admission Criteria for Acute Care Hospitalization:

  • Suicidal ideations where suicidal precaution, observation, seclusion and/or restraint is required with nursing intervention on a 24-hour basis.
  • Immediate danger to others which requires intensive medical management, precaution, observation, seclusion and/or restraint is required with nursing intervention on a 24-hour basis.
  • Acute reality testing deficits causing immediate danger to self and/or others.
  • Clinical symptoms or a complication whose severity precludes diagnostic assessment and treatment in a less intensive environment and requires 24 hour nursing and medical assessment.
  • Failure of treatment in a less intensive level of care; the unavailability of a less restricted treatment environment; or the absence or collapse of support systems, making a less restricted treatment environment not feasible.

Exclusionary Criteria for Acute Care Hospitalization:

  • Persons who are medically unstable and persons who are in need of intravenous fluids.
  • Persons with severely intellectual and developmental disabilities; however, persons with mild or moderate mental retardation who are evidencing an overriding psychiatric condition may be considered for short- term psychiatric diagnostic and treatment services.
  • Persons who have chronic brain syndrome; except in circumstances where there is an affective component to the person’s condition which is appropriately treated in a psychiatric hospital.
  • NNBHC and Acute Care services reserve the right to decide on a case-by-case basis any persons who are under criminal charge for felonies and/or violent acts. The treating physician and/or the Administrator-on-call will be contacted in regard to these patients.
    When a patient is deemed ineligible for admission, the reason for refusal is explained and alternatives for treatment are discussed. When a referral is made to other treatment services, every effort is made to provide a referral with the appropriate quality of care and scope of services.

To Make a Referral, or For More Information on the Acute Care Program
Call 757-888-0400 or 1-800-697-0999
When prompted select ‘1‘ for Acute Care
Acute Care Program Referrals and Admissions can be made 24 hours-per-day, 7 days-per week.

***Accept most private insurance/Medicaid***

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