Patient Care

The University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry offers inpatient and outpatient clinical services. Our mission is to provide exemplary patient-centered and evidence-based treatment while promoting dignity and respect in a safe and healing environment.  We strive to make a difference in the lives of our patients and help them improve their functioning at work, in school, at home, and in their relationships with family and other important people in their lives. Respect for patients, continuity of care, and strong communication between all parties involved in patient care define our approach.

Healthcare professionals from a broad range of clinical backgrounds dedicate their unique skills and expertise to treating patients during critical periods of need for psychiatric care.

How to find mental health care locally and nationally


Urgent / Emergency Psychiatric Care

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) provides emergency/urgent walk-in evaluation and crisis phone services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people of all ages. 

The following services are provided:

  • psychiatric evaluation
  • treatment recommendations
  • crisis intervention
  • screening for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization
  • mental health referral information.

Psychiatric Emergency Services is a program of the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. We collaborate with many community agencies.

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The University of Michigan Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Program at U-M Hospital provides diagnostic evaluations and comprehensive, individualized treatment for patients with serious psychiatric illnesses. We realize that patients may come to our unit for care under difficult circumstances, and we are dedicated to working together to facilitate a healthy and effective process of healing.

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The University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry Ambulatory Psychiatry Services provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients and families whose lives have been touched by an array of mental health conditions, treating individuals in every life stage, including children and adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.

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Our Approach to Patient Care

Patients evaluated and treated here receive care provided by only a few places in the nation. Five factors combine to set our approach apart. Together, they define the Michigan Difference:

Comprehensive care
Psychiatric illnesses can affect overall health. Our model of care looks after the whole person. Because the effects of these illnesses are rarely limited to the individual who receives the diagnosis, we strive to care for both patients and their families.

Community care
Our clinicians work in partnership with community providers so that whenever possible, you can receive your care closer to home. After an initial consult and treatment recommendation, our goal is to return you to your primary care doctor or other experts in your community who can monitor and manage your treatment. Rest assured, we are going to be here should you need us again in the future.

Care within a research institution
Patients can choose, if able, to participate in clinical research. In doing so, they benefit from the very latest health science, have access to treatments not otherwise routinely available, and contribute to our understanding of brain illnesses.

Multidisciplinary care
Your clinical team is supported by other professionals from the U-M Health System and from nearly every school and college within the University. The result: a unified approach to diagnosing, understanding, treating, and eventually preventing the illnesses we treat.

Care within a teaching institution
It is our mission to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals to meet the unique challenges of mental health care. We will ensure that tomorrow’s providers are skilled in the latest procedures, treat patients and families with compassion, and remain relentless in their search for better ways to conquer psychiatric illness.