Behavioral Health Unit - Columbia

TJ Health Columbia’s Behavioral Health Unit is a secure, 16 bed acute care service for adults who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms. We have the treatment services that will help our patients develop successful ways to live a healthy mental and emotional lifestyle.

We provide 24 hour intensive treatment for our patients with acute psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment, as well as a secure environment, a structured and supportive surrounding and intensive psychiatric therapy.

Our Treatment Care

Our treatment team of health care professionals and patient advocates include psychiatrists, nurses, social workers/counselors and an activity therapist. Our treatment team provides each patient with an in-depth assessment and psychiatric evaluation, where problems are identified.

Once complete, an individual treatment plan is developed providing our patient with realistic objectives and goals. In preparing this plan, our staff works with the patient, their family and other health professionals to develop a course of treatment that best meets the needs of the individual. 
Treatment interventions are designed to help the patient return home and resume their lives as quickly as possible


We all have stressors in our life, which can be cause for worry and concern. How we handle and manage those stresses is what allows us to deal with these problems and provide healthy and effective solutions. For many this can cause additional emotional and mental illness including depression, anxiety or physical illness.

Signs and symptoms indicating an illness may include one or more of the following:


  •          Suicidal behavior and/or threats
  •          Violent behavior and/or threats
  •          Hallucinations
  •          Hearing voices
  •          Severe agitation
  •          Medication noncompliance
  •          Severe mood swings
  •          Severe sadness
  •          Excessive and uncontrolled anger
  •          Sleep/eating disturbances


Admissions are accepted 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  Referrals may be made by physicians, psychologists, social workers, mental health professionals, social service agencies, family members/friends and by the individual.  The final decision regarding admission is made by a qualified mental health professional.


For more information about our Behavioral Health Unit, please call 270-384-7516 or 270-384-7518 to speak with a qualified member.