Inpatient Services

Inpatient Care

Our Adult Inpatient Program is designed to provide intensive psychiatric care and oversight for people experiencing an acute mental health crisis. Some of our patients are at risk of harming themselves or others, or unable to care for their physical needs. Others suffer from extreme anxiety, depression, mania, delusions, or altered thought processes. Our approach to care is respectful, nonjudgmental, and above all, compassionate.

Our 17-bed, secured, acute-care unit is the only Adult Inpatient Program in Marin County. Rooms accommodate one to three patients. The common dining area opens onto a pleasant secluded garden where patients can enjoy fresh air and sunlight.

Our individualized approach to caring for adults with psychiatric problems begins with a thorough assessment by our clinical team. Patients participate in a comprehensive treatment program tailored to their specific needs.

Key Program Components

  • Multidisciplinary assessment

  • Individualized treatment and discharge planning

  • Therapeutic medications, as appropriate
  • Individual therapy, group therapy, and psychoeducation
  • Medical management for coexisting illnesses such as heart disease, and diabetes
  • 12-step meetings onsite for patients with co-occurring substance abuse disorders
  • Family therapy and support
  • Coordination of care with community mental health team and linkages to community-based organizations and support as appropriate

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should patients bring with them?
A: We suggest bringing clothing for three days, including extra underwear and a sweatshirt or sweater. Clothing should be without drawstrings, belts, or ties. Patients are welcome to bring reading material, board games, or comfort items such as a favorite blanket or pillow. Toiletries are provided in the unit.

Q: What if the patient is missing work, court, or jury duty?
A: The doctor can write a letter to the patient’s employer or the court explaining that the patient will be unavailable.

Q: Can patients make and receive phone calls?
A: Yes. A phone is available for patients to make calls.

Q: Can patients smoke?
A: MarinHealth Medical Center is a nonsmoking facility. Patients who smoke will be provided with a nicotine patch or gum.

Important Information for Visitors

When visiting a patient, it is recommended that you leave all personal belongings at home. When you check in at the reception desk, you will be asked to leave your personal belongings. Because we are committed to protecting the privacy of our patients, we don’t allow any devices that could be used for photography or recording, including cell phones, laptops, and iPads.