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Mills-Peninsula’s Behavioral Health services relocating to Mills Health Center

Behavioral Health’s new home is a light-filled, home-like setting

On December 5, Mills-Peninsula’s Behavioral Health program, which provides inpatient and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency services, will move from its current location at Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame to a newly remodeled facility at Mills Health Center in San Mateo.

This move and expansion will allow the Behavioral Health program to serve more people in the community with addictions and mental illness. Capacity will be increased from 40 inpatient beds to 52 inpatient beds (26 adult mental health, 13 adolescent mental health and 13 chemical dependency).

The relocation of Behavioral Health to San Mateo precedes the opening of Mills-Peninsula’s new hospital in Burlingame, slated for February 2011. Psychiatric emergency services will remain at Peninsula Medical Center and move into the Emergency Department in the new hospital when it opens in February 2011.

“By moving behavioral health to Mills, the community will have access to more medical and surgical capacity at the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, and behavioral health programs can expand in their new home to better meet the needs of the community,” said Dan Becker, M.D., medical director of Mills-Peninsula’s Behavioral Health Department.

Mills-Peninsula’s Behavioral Health Program, one of the few comprehensive treatment facilities remaining in Northern California, offers several programs and services that are not available anywhere else in the region, such as:

  • The only facility on the Peninsula between the San Francisco County line and Santa Cruz that offers an inpatient adolescent program
  • The only hospital-based designated detoxification unit in the Bay Area (most other programs provide detox services on regular medical/surgical patient care units), and the only detox facility in the Bay Area that serves patients who are insured by Medicare
  • The largest private, not-for-profit adult mental health inpatient facility on the Peninsula
  • The largest and broadest array of behavioral health intensive outpatient and partial hospital programs on the Peninsula

The Behavioral Health outpatient programs will close on Friday, Dec. 3 to move to the new facility at Mills Health Center. On Monday, Dec. 6, these programs will reopen in the new location, including the Adult Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program, Senior Intensive Outpatient Program, Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program and Chemical Dependency Outpatient Programs.

“The same expert staff that has been caring for patients at the Burlingame facility will be moving to the new site,” Dr. Becker says. “In this medically advanced setting, staff, patients and family members will work together to help people regain their ability to enjoy an active, productive life.”

Mills Health Center is located at 100 S. San Mateo Drive, in San Mateo.

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