Mental Health


Is your quality of life upset by mental health challenges?
Our Behavioral Health Services team at University of Minnesota Medical Center can work as your lifeline.

If circumstances are pushing you down, you’ll find our therapeutic programs at University of Minnesota Medical Center are well-suited to meet your needs. You’ll come to quickly trust our highly qualified team of specialists. You’ll work confidently with every kind of professional you need:
  • Psychiatrists
  • Consulting physicians
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Family therapists
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Occupational therapists
  • Affiliated community resources
  • Psychiatric technicians

Together they’ll create a program that’s just right for you. They’ll help you understand yourself better, develop effective coping skills, make healthful choices – and at last – experience enduring hope and healing. As needed, we can provide inpatient and outpatient services.

Call 612-672-6600 or toll free, 800-233-7503, for information about our programs.
Mental health emergency
In a mental health emergency, University of Minnesota Medical Center offers a safe, secure environment and a fresh perspective that will help you cope with a crisis. With a dedicated program to handle behavioral emergencies, we conduct comprehensive assessment of your current situation or crisis. It helps determine short-term risk, such as self-destructive, suicidal or impulsive behavior. Also included is a recommendation for evaluation of your coping skills and strategies, current personal support resources and other critical needs.

  • The starting point is the Emergency Department at University of Minnesota Medical Center's West bank
  • We are here 24/7 to stabilize a mental health crisis. In addition, we’ll refer and recommend the most appropriate course of action, which may include admission to a psychiatric unit.   

Day treatment
If you’re age 18 or older, you may be eligible for Behavioral Health Services day treatment at University of Minnesota Medical Center. You are eligible if you experience long-standing adjustment problems, serious and persistent mental illness or moderate situational distress that disrupts your ability to manage your life. Because of the broad range of issues and levels of functioning, the Adult Day Treatment Program offers several program levels. Goals include improved social, emotional, recreational and vocational functioning and integration into community resources. We will help establish aftercare plans based on your long-term needs.

Partial hospitalization
If you need support during acute episodes of difficulty, partial hospitalization at University of Minnesota Medical Center can be a less restrictive alternative to hospitalization. It can work as a transition following a brief hospital stay. Treatment focuses on what caused your current situation and helps you locate resources necessary to achieve stability. You will find a safe, structured and supportive environment so you can develop hope and the skills to cope with distress so you can return to work, home or school.

Inpatient treatment
If your situation is more severe, Behavioral Health Services offers adult inpatient care at University of Minnesota Medical Center. Trained and dedicated professionals are ready 24/7 to accept you and ensure your safety. With skill, compassion and respect, the Adult Mental Health Inpatient Programs staff will provide acute crisis assessment, focused intervention and discharge planning.

Treatment for both mental illness and chemical dependency
To keep you safe and help you emerge from the dual challenges of mental illness and substance abuse, we offer a balanced and integrated program. Our treatment focuses on understanding both disorders and their relationship to each other. From there, we will teach you coping skills and relapse prevention strategies for each.

Senior treatment program
As an older adult, you know that your unique mental health needs require a different approach. Fairview's senior treatment program, established in 1976, was the first of its kind in the nation. Our program at University of Minnesota Medical Center emphasizes developing coping methods. The critical link to family and community resources is strengthened to provide discharge into the least restrictive setting. Knowing the latest trends in geriatric psychiatry, our interdisciplinary staff members show a clear enthusiasm for working with seniors and their families.