Behavioral Health Care

Millcreek Community Hospital Behavioral Health - We pride ourselves in providing quality behavioral health care since 2001.

Behavioral Health Care

Outpatient Behavioral Health

The LECOM Institute for Behavioral Health (LIBH) provides compassionate outpatient psychiatric assessment and medications management services to individuals across the lifespan.

LIBH services are available by appointment at the following locations:
4740 Peach Street, Erie PA 16509 (814) 454-3174

Inpatient Behavioral Health

Millcreek Community Hospital’s Behavioral Health programs were originally established in 2001 to fulfill an urgent need for psychiatric inpatient services in our community. Since that time, we have grown to be the region’s largest provider of quality inpatient psychiatric treatment. We are dedicated to meeting the behavioral health needs of individuals residing throughout our community.

What makes MCH Behavioral Health unique:

  • Physician physical and mental health evaluations in the MCH ER
  • Separate units for children/adolescents, adults and older adults
  • Psychiatrists in house 24/7
  • Adult Partial Hospitalization Program
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Physician Residency Program in Psychiatry
  • Physician Fellowship Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Safety-enhanced Patient Environment
  • Extended Acute Care (EAC) for adults
  • Short Term Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for children/adolescents (pRTF)

Our programs provide the region with 85 licensed inpatient psychiatric beds, dispersed among three separate age specific units; child, adult, and older adult. Each program provides staff and programming specific to the unique needs of the patients they treat. Our behavioral health units specialize in the treatment of the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Thought, mood or behavior change
  • Hallucinations and delusional thinking
  • Thoughts of harm to self or others
  • Engagement in self-harm, self-destructive, or impulsive behaviors
  • Poor judgment causing an inability to care for one’s basic needs
  • Disturbances in daily functioning (difficulties with employment, relationships, etc.)
  • Social isolation and withdrawal from normal activities

Patients work with a team of professionals including psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, social workers, and behavioral technicians to evaluate and determine their treatment needs. A variety of treatment is available to help each patient meet their individual treatment goals:

  • Medication Stabilization
  • Individual  Therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Coordination of community resources and supports
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • Medication and diagnostic teaching for both patient and family

If you or a loved one are in need of a behavioral health evaluation and treatment, we are here to help. Evaluations are available 24 hours a day through the Millcreek Community Hospital Emergency Department, where a physician is always available to meet and discuss your treatment needs.

Visiting Hours

Millcreek Community Hospital understands that having a loved one hospitalized can be a stressful time for everyone involved. We encourage you to visit friends and family members during their stay. Just as we make every effort to support our patients, we’ll be glad to answer your questions and make your visit pleasant. In order to maintain structure and a safe environment for our patients and visitors, we ask that the following guidelines are followed:

  • Visitors must be listed on the patient’s visitor’s list and only 2 may visit at a time.
  • No one may bring a purse or bag, cell phone/tablet/computer, or food on the unit.
  • Visitors over 18 years must have photo identification.
  • Visitors will be scanned with a metal detector.
  • Visitors must be 14 years of age or older.
  • Outside food and beverages are not permitted to be brought onto the unit.
  • Visitation is subject to change or to be suspended when necessary to mitigate the threat of a contagion such as COVID-19.

Behavioral health unit staff may cancel or limit visitation for safety purposes. We will do our best to inform loved ones in a timely manner should this occur. We appreciate your understanding. The safety and security of our units are a top priority. As such, all behavioral health units are under 24 hour video monitoring.

Visiting Hours:

Adult Behavioral Health/4th Floor: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health/5th Floor 6:00pm-7:00pm
Older Adult Behavioral Health/2nd Floor: 5:00pm-6:00pm

For general inquiries related to behavioral health assessments or available services, please contact the LECOM Behavioral Health Clinical Liaison at (814) 881-5393. Calls will be answered and returned during normal business hours, Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm, excluding major holidays.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a behavioral health emergency, please visit the Millcreek Community Hospital Emergency Department for an evaluation. Those in Erie County, PA may call Crisis Services at (814) 456-2014. For individuals outside of Erie County, PA, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or visit your nearest emergency department.