Behavioral Health

Dimensions Healthcare System Behavioral Health Services are comprised of a full range of services offered at both Prince George’s Hospital Center and Laurel Regional Hospital for patients 18 and older. These facilities offer a wide variety of treatment options depending upon the needs of each individual.

These services include:

  • Community Support and Outreach
  • Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs
  • Emergency Psychiatric Services
  • Inpatient Behavioral Health Treatment

Our staff is comprised of psychiatrists,  counselors, dietitians, pharmacists and social workers.

Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs

The Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) at Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital Center offer individual, group, and family therapy, expressive and occupational therapies and psycho-education in an alternative, structured treatment setting. The program offers the structure of a psychiatric program while allowing patients to go home in the evening to remain connected with their family, friends and other support systems. Due to the nature of this program, it can shorten a hospital stay or provide the intervention necessary to avoid hospitalization. PHP services are up to six hours per day, five days per week.

  • Groups are designed to provide individuals with  the resources required to return to their community, family, work and education.
  • Flexibility is built into the program so that individuals can attend specific groups, and “step down” to intensive outpatient services. A variety of options for frequency and duration of treatment are available based on the individual needs of the patient.
  • Case managers work with individuals, family members, community support mechanisms, and psychiatrists to individualize care after discharge.
  • Close supervision by staff psychiatrists is provided.
  • Coverage for costs of services is provided by most commercial insurance plans and Medicaid and Medicare.

Emergency Evaluations

Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital Center provides 24-hour emergency psychiatric assessments. An experienced behavioral health professional along with consultation from physicians and psychiatrists evaluates each person and determines the most appropriate level of care.

23-Hour Observation Beds

The Assessment and Stabilization Center, located at Prince George’s Hospital Center provides 23-hour Observation Beds to reduce inappropriate admissions and observation of psychiatric conditions needing further evaluation prior to disposition to an appropriate level of care.

Inpatient Unit

Inpatient Behavioral Health Services are offered at Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital Center. The Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Program consists of a multidisciplinary team of professionals who provide expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of disorders. These range from situational, affective and anxiety disorders, to psychotic illnesses and dual diagnosis. Our units’ models are therapeutic community-based, with heavy emphasis on the group process. The Prince George’s Hospital Center Inpatient Unit accepts voluntary and involuntary patients.

Our comprehensive array of inpatient services include:

  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Individual/group and family therapies
  • Recreational, art and occupational therapies
  • Mental health education

In the secure inpatient units, the interdisciplinary team provides assessment/evaluation, medication adjustment, brief treatment and discharge planning. Specialized case managers work with the patient and payers to provide cost effective treatment. Adult patients participate in an individualized, structured program designed to focus on their presenting concerns. The emphasis of this short-term unit is focused on assessment, stabilization, brief treatment and referral back to the community or to the next appropriate level of care. The family and/or support network of the patient is included as much as possible when patient consent is given.

Smoking Cessation Program

The Smoking Cessation Program at Dimensions Healthcare System (DHS) is a valuable resource for individuals who want to quit smoking by utilizing education, counseling and support.

The program is designed to be understanding, informative and fun. Best of all, it’s offered at no cost to participants! Classes are held on a weekly basis at Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital Center. In order to participate, individuals must be 18 years or older. Minors may also participate if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants must have an interest in tobacco-use prevention or staying smoke free.

Our Care Approach

The Smoking Cessation Program has an experienced staff of counselors who are certified by the American Lung Association and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Every week, counselors lead 90-minute group sessions with open enrollment. To supplement the program, nicotine replacement therapy is available with consent from a doctor.

Smoking Cessation Program sessions include:

  • Adverse effects of smoking
  • Effects of secondhand smoke
  • Why quit?
  • The addiction process and its emotional impact
  • Medications – how and why they work
  • Learning new skills/alternative behaviors
  • How to quit without gaining weight
  • Developing a support system
  • Stress management
  • Slip and relapse prevention
  • Benefits of quitting
  • Tips on how to protect your kids from smoking

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

If you wish to receive nicotine replacement therapy, before or upon registration for the Smoking Cessation Program, please call your physician and have him/her fax a prescription for nicotine replacement therapy to 301.618.3979. Program participants can also bring their prescription to a group session.

After You Quit

Counselors from the Smoking Cessation Program will contact you periodically to see how you are doing. Counselors are also available for additional support as needed to ensure you stay on track!

Being Tobacco Free Has Many Health Benefits

*US Department of Health & Human Services. The Health Benefits of Smoking Cessation. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. Centers for Disease Control. Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Office on Smoking and Health. DHHS Publication No. (CDC) 90-8416. 1990

Smoking Cessation Program Locations

Laurel Regional Hospital
4300 Van Dusen Road
Laurel, MD 20707
Prince George’s Hospital Center
3001 Hospital Drive
Cheverly, MD 20785

Additional Resources to Quit Smoking

The Maryland Tobacco Quitline
1.800.QUIT.NOW (1.800.784.8669)
American Lung Association
1.800.LUNGUSA (1.800.586.4872)
National Cancer Institute
1.877.44U.QUIT (1.877.448.7848)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
1.877.44U.QUIT (1.877.448.7848)

Other Support Groups

Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital Center offer several support groups for patients, their family members and support systems. These support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Bipolar Disorder, and Narcotics Anonymous.

For more information about Dimensions Healthcare System Behavioral Health Services call Laurel Regional Hospital at 301-725-4300 and Prince George’s Hospital Center at 301-618-2434.

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