Adult Services

At Southwestern, we strive to treat patients in an outpatient setting whenever possible to minimize disruption to family life. Treatment begins when the patient and the therapist identify the issue and then develop a treatment plan. That treatment plan may include a blend of services. The course of treatment and duration of treatment varies for each patient.

Art Classes (PEACE Zone)
Southwestern received a grant on behalf of PEACE Zone to help fund art classes open to anyone in the community age 18 or older who struggles with mental health issues.

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These classes are free of charge and made possible by the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Participants will also have the opportunity to submit their work for inclusion in the September 2015 art show. For additional information, visit PEACE Zone’s Art Classes page.

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Assessment
A clinical assessment is an important first step in an individual’s treatment. An assessment matches the individual with appropriate treatment. Southwestern’s Assessment Center is located at our Spear Building in downtown Evansville. New patients are assessed at our center and are then scheduled for their first appointment with a member of our treatment team at a Southwestern facility that is convenient for the patient.

If you are a new patient, please call 812.423.7791 to schedule your clinical assessment to begin receiving services at Southwestern.

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Emergency Services
Crisis services are available to any individual presently in our surrounding area who is in need of assistance. Southwestern offers 24-hour emergency evaluations, crisis interventions, and counseling for people of all ages with mental health and/or substance abuse problems.

Individuals seen for crisis services present with a wide range of psychiatric and life-circumstance difficulties. Members of Southwestern’s Emergency Services on-call team intervene in psychiatric emergency situations in order to assure the safety of all individuals involved, assist individuals to develop their own resources for coping with the emergency, or provide any level of care deemed necessary. The on-call staff member will also make arrangements for the individual to receive on-going treatment, if appropriate.

Emergency Services are available at any of our seven outpatient offices in Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties. After normal business hours, including weekends, services are available by phone at 812.423.7791.

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is an EAP provider for local companies’ employees and their eligible dependents. EAP benefits demonstrate the employer’s recognition that employees are valuable assets to the company, and with the availability of EAP services, employees and their eligible dependents can seek help when needed.

We’re here to provide solutions to:

  • Addiction Issues
  • Child and Adolescent Issues
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Financial Concerns
  • Marriage and Divorce Issues
  • Parenting
  • Personal Problems
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Trauma Related Issues

The cost for a select number of sessions is paid for by your employer. Our EAP arrangements with employers assure privacy and confidentiality.

For a confidential appointment,  contact us today at 812.423.4700.

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Hospitalization
When a patient is experiencing mental illness symptoms that require 24-hour per day supervision, the patient may need to be hospitalized. Treatment may include medication, individual therapy, family counseling, group therapy, recreational therapy, intensive outpatient treatment, and post-hospitalization treatment planning. Although patients are treated at the hospital, Southwestern physicians and staff are part of the treatment team.

The purpose of hospitalization is to provide acute services to the individuals in need of psychiatric stabilization and care. Hospitalization is intended to be utilized when all other service areas can no longer maintain the person outside of the hospital in a safe, humane condition.

Hospitalization is provided to adults who are suffering from a mental illness and who are either gravely disabled or dangerous to themselves or others as a result of this illness. Patients admitted to the hospital typically have a diagnosis of a major mental illness or other psychotic disorder, a substance abuse disorder, a serious mood disorder, or a severe personality disorder. Individuals who are hospitalized are provided a safe environment for crisis stabilization and evaluation; and short-term, intensive treatment to assist the individual through an acute phase of illness.

Linking patients to Southwestern programs and community resources allow patients to discharge from the hospital as early as possible. If discharge back into the community is not appropriate for a patient, arrangements will be made to transfer a patient to a longer-term facility.

Medication Management
The purpose of medication management services is to allow the individuals who participate to benefit from medication treatments while seeking to eliminate potential harm that can come from the use of medications.

The general scope of medication services provided includes:

  • Storage of medications either at Genoa, our on-site pharmacy, or within residential program facilities
  • Prescribing of medications by medical staff
  • Dispensing of medications by Genoa or a community pharmacy
  • Monitoring of clients as they self-administer their medications
  • Administration of injectable medications by medical staff

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Older Adult Services
Many elderly people living in nursing homes and in our communities have mental illnesses. Older Adult therapists at Southwestern work with community organizations and care providers who serve the elderly to understand the mental health needs of the elderly. The following services are provided by Southwestern:

  • Outpatient Therapy: Provide outpatient therapy and assess for needs that are unique to the geriatric population.
  • Pre-Admission Screening Resident Review (PASRR) Level II Evaluations: The intent of the Level II evaluation is to ensure individuals with a serious mental illness who are in need of nursing facility care be admitted and to determine whether individuals with a serious mental illness require specialized mental health services. The Level II evaluation includes the individual’s psychotropic medications, support systems, past psychiatric history, current mental status, and mental health recommendations.
  • Individual Consultations: Individual consultations are available so that older adults and their families can seek assistance from a professional therapist regarding an older adult’s future plans and mental health needs.
  • Support Groups: SWIRCA & More and Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. have partnered to provide a support group for older adults. The Aging Matters Discussion Group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00a – 11:00a at SWIRCA & More (16 West Virginia Street, Evansville). It’s a confidential discussion group that discusses topics that pertain to mature adults focusing on mind, body and spirit. The group will discuss topics including family caregiving, motivation, medication, coping skills and relaxation therapy.

Consultations are especially helpful to families when changes occur that require rethinking the future:

  • Retirement
  • Relocation
  • Losses such as the death of a spouse or an impending divorce
  • Catastrophic illness
  • Cognitive decline, such as dementia

During the consultation session with the older adult and/or family members, the following issues may be discussed:

  • The impact of the problem on the future of the older adult
  • Options for planning an acceptable future for the older adult
  • The effect of such plans on the family relationship
  • The resources available within the family and the community for the older adult

Consultations are provided by a therapist.

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Outpatient Services
At Southwestern, we strive to treat patients in an outpatient setting whenever possible to minimize disruption to family life. Treatment begins when the patient and the therapist identify the issue and then develop a treatment plan. That treatment plan may include a blend of individual, group and family therapy and medication, if needed. The course of treatment and duration of treatment varies for each patient.

Outpatient Services are provided at our seven outpatient locations in Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. We treat patients of all ages, with specialized services for children and older adults.

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