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Behavioral & Mental Health | Press Release

New inpatient center supports an important health need in our community.

Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) will open a new inpatient behavioral health center in Yuma this February. The 24-bed facility will provide adult (ages 18-64) psychiatric inpatient care. The opening of YRMC Behavioral Health Center is a monumental step forward in the development of expanded health care for the Yuma region. The project is in partnership with Horizon Health, a national leader in the behavioral health field.

“Behavioral health is a top identified need in our community. Our goal is to deliver care close to home and minimize the need to travel whenever possible,” said Dr. Robert Trenschel, President and CEO of YRMC. “With Horizon Health’s industry expertise and our local care team, we are working to ensure that high-quality mental services are available locally.”

YRMC Behavioral Health Center will include:
Available in February 2023:

  • 24 inpatient care beds (will begin with 12 patients and expand to full capacity within the year)

At this time, YRMC Behavioral Health Center will accept direct admissions from YRMC Emergency Department or YRMC’s medical floors.

  • Adult psychiatric inpatient care
  • A sensory room with equipment and features to help patients calm and focus

Behavioral Health Plans for the Future:

  • Senior inpatient care facility (ages 55+)
  • Adult medical detox programs (Adult Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for ages 18-64, Adult Substance Use IOP (SUIOP) for ages 18+, and Senior IOP for ages 55+)
  • In the future, YRMC Behavioral Health Center plans to accept direct admissions from other hospitals, agencies and providers with long term plans to accept patient walk-ins and assessments

The space is designed to provide a warm, welcoming environment where patients can safely receive the care, compassion and attention they need. This includes a sensory room, a special area designed to help patients soothe, calm and focus through both audio and visual equipment and programming. Research shows that individuals with tic disorders, anxiety, depression and other disorders benefit from the use of sensory rooms. Sensory rooms help with coping mechanisms and regaining control and improve engagement. The specialized sensory room was made possible by generous donations to the Foundation of YRMC.

“Expanding behavioral health services in Yuma County embodies the work we are doing to improve healthcare in our region,” said Deb Aders, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services. “YRMC Behavioral Health Center will be part of a new array of services offered over the next several years. This is an important step in our community’s collective work to address the mental health needs of the people we serve,” Aders adds.

YRMC Behavioral Health Center is located off 32nd Street, 7201 E. 31st Place.