Mental health services in West Palm Beach

Behavioral health services at JFK Medical Center North Campus offers comprehensive psychiatric and behavioral health services to children, adolescents, adults and seniors at The Pavilion in West Palm Beach.

For additional information on our behavioral health services, call our Psychiatric Intake Unit at (561) 881-2671.

Our 88-bed psychiatric inpatient unit, The Pavilion, is located adjacent to JFK Medical Center North Campus in West Palm Beach.

We assess and treat patients of all ages, and offer a wide range of psychiatric programs, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Medication management
  • Aftercare

The Pavilion is the largest licensed Baker Act inpatient receiving facility that accepts children in Palm Beach County.

Youth inpatient services

Our youth services program is an inpatient psychiatric unit that treats children and adolescents between the ages of three and 17 years old.

Our program offers behavioral, individual, group and family sessions, which are conducted by a masters' level social worker. The primary goal of our youth services program is to assist young people in regaining their optimal level of functionality.

Medicaid and most major insurances are accepted.

Adult inpatient services

In addition to our adult unit, we also have an acute unit for patients patients between the ages of 18 to 65 years old. Our acute unit services adult patients who need extra care and attention to ensure their safety.

Patients participate in behavioral, individual and group therapy. Our therapeutic environment was designed to support patients' efforts toward restoring mental health and recovery.

We accept most insurances, including Medicaid.

Senior services program

Our senior services program offers treatment for those who are 65 years old and older, in a safe, secure, warm and friendly setting. We provide our senior patients with unique treatment options, including:

  • Medication management
  • Family and caregiver support
  • Personal care assistance
  • Clinical therapeutic services

Medicaid and most major insurances are accepted.

Emergency assessments and admissions

Our psychiatric intake unit operates as a critical service within the emergency care department. We provide patients in emergencies with psychiatric evaluation, assessment and referral services.

Outpatient services

We offer partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for adolescents and adults.

Referrals to our outpatient behavioral health programs may be made by the individual seeking treatment, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, social service agencies or family members.

Medicaid and most major insurances are accepted.

For more information on our outpatient behavioral health services, please call (561) 882-0252. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm

Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

Our adult PHP provides a safe and caring setting that includes an intensive level of psychiatric treatment in an outpatient setting.

The primary goal of our PHP is to optimize outcomes through individualized treatment in a caring and therapeutic environment. We offer individual, family and group counseling to help improve a patient's level of functioning, reduce symptoms and prevent relapse or hospitalization.

Each patient participates in a formal, comprehensive clinical evaluation completed by our team of clinicians, which consists of psychiatrists, social workers and registered nurses.

Individualized treatment plans incorporate the results of the multidisciplinary evaluations to include the patient's strengths, limitations and goals for treatment.

Medicaid and most major insurances are accepted.

Adult intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Our adult evening IOP is designed to treat and improve the lives of adults experiencing both psychiatric disorders and addictions.

IOP allows the individual to continue daily routines, such as work or school, and participate in treatment at the end of the day. Frequent sessions can help maintain abstinence, improve mental health and enhance quality of life.

Recent studies by the National Institute for Mental Health conclude that diagnosing and treating emotional and mental health problems more than doubles the success rate for people with alcohol and/or drug dependence.

Our IOP provides a co-occurring comprehensive treatment program, including specialized evaluations, to meet the needs of each individual.

We accept most insurances, including Medicaid.

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP)

The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program (AIOP) at JFK Medical Center North Campus, is designed to assist teenagers (13 through 17) who are experiencing behavioral and/or psychiatric issues that are better treated by engaging in more extensive therapy than traditional outpatient therapy.

Reasons for admission:

  • Suicidal attempts
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Anger management
  • Grief, loss or abandonment
  • Identity problems
  • Impulsivity
  • Low self-esteem
  • High-risk behaviors
  • Family conflict
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Poor coping skills
  • Difficulty adjusting to changes
  • Defiant behavior
  • Truancy

Program goals

  • Manage emotions and express feelings positively
  • Refrain from self harm
  • Decrease aggressive behaviors
  • Improve problem -solving skills
  • Use positive coping strategies
  • Control impulsive behaviors
  • Improve frustration tolerance
  • Engage in positive relationships with family, peers and others
  • Promote medication compliance
  • Enhance communication skills

Program hours

AIOP offers programming three times each week: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00pm-8:00pm.


Our admission process is confidential and available Monday through Friday. Referrals may be made by individual, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, social service agencies or family members. To verify coverage or to schedule an appointment for a FREE confidential consultation, please call (561)863-3998. This program is covered by most private insurances.

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Electroconvulsive therapy

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) can provide rapid and significant improvements in several psychiatric and neurologic conditions for patients poorly responsive to medications and other forms of therapy, such as:

  • Acute suicidality and/or severe depression
  • Agitation/aggression related to dementia or brain injury
  • Bipolar disorder - either depressed or manic
  • Catatonia
  • Parkinsonism
  • Schizoaffective disorder/schizophrenia
  • Pregnant patients with any of the above conditions

ECT takes place under general anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist. The patient is entirely asleep and relaxed during the procedure, which takes about 5 to 10 minutes, with added time for preparation and recovery. The ECT itself is performed by a psychiatrist. EEG (for brainwave monitoring) and stimulus electrode pads are placed on the patient’s head and a measured electrical current passes through the brain, intentionally triggering a brief seizure in a very safe and controlled environment. Because the patient is relaxed with medication, there is little visible evidence of seizure activity.

Initially, ECT is usually given three times a week, for a total of two to four weeks. Many patients begin to notice an improvement after a few treatments. Some patients benefit from less-frequent maintenance treatments.

Patients who believe they may benefit from ECT should consult with their current psychiatric provider regarding this option. If you choose this treatment, we will arrange for your medical clearance for ECT here at JFK North. This will include labs, EKG, imaging, medical clearance, anesthesia clearance, any needed cardiology clearance, and obtaining statements from two psychiatrists in agreement that you are apt to benefit from ECT. We will also handle insurance.

Questions? Call 561-2277-ECT (561-227-7328)