Center for Behavioral Health

Center for Behavioral Health

The Center for Behavioral Health at St. Joseph Medical Center is an adult inpatient facility with a medical-psychiatric unit, providing stabilization for adults 18 and older who have been assessed to be in need of acute psychiatric care. We offer holistic and compassionate care in a healing, calming environment.

Center for Behavioral Health

1401 St. Joseph Parkway
Houston, TX 77002

Reliable Behavioral Health Services for Adults

Board-certified psychiatrists lead a team of registered nurses, psychotherapists, licensed chemical dependency counselors, social workers, mental health technicians and consulting physicians.
Personalized care plans integrate mental, medical, spiritual and social care components to help patients recover and develop a plan for success after discharge. We understand that everyone doesn’t always react to stress, trauma or emotional pain in the same way. Our 24-bed facility is dedicated to reducing suffering and establishing new ways of coping. 

Treatment is available for those with psychiatric illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis and substance use disorders. Our dedicated professionals work together to provide the highest level of care for each patient while developing a plan for ongoing success following discharge. 

Treatment Modalities Include:

  • Diagnostic evaluation
  • Individualized treatment planning
  • Medication management
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Dance/movement therapy
  • Chemical dependency education and relapse prevention planning
  • Stress management and anger management training
  • Milieu therapy

Medical Psychiatry

The Medical-Psychiatry Unit at St. Joseph Medical Center is an extension of the quality care and support we are committed to providing to our patients. This unit’s patient population includes adult patients with medical or surgical conditions along with active psychiatric symptoms or diagnoses.

Research indicates that when both medical/surgical and behavioral conditions are treated simultaneously, patient outcomes are improved. Our staff, which includes primary care physicians, psychiatrists, masters level therapists, case managers, nurses, mental health technicians and patient care assistants, work as an interdisciplinary team to ensure the expedient stabilization of acute health conditions, followed by referral to the appropriate next level of care.

Services Available:

  • Assessment: Thorough behavioral health assessment to determine appropriate level of care.
  • Integrated Primary and Psychiatric Care: Full-scale treatment for both medical/surgical and psychiatric complications
  • Patient Safety: Staff trained and skilled at intervening with complex medical and behavioral conditions.

Matthew's Hope

Matthew’s Hope offers an inpatient detox program at St. Joseph Medical Center’s Center for Behavioral Health. The program takes a three-tier approach to healing the mind, body, and spirit from the ravages of substance abuse and helps a person get back on the road to recovery.

The founder of Matthew’s Hope, Larry Wedekind, is a successful population health expert in the health care industry who lost his son Matthew to opioid addiction. As such, Larry went on to start the not for profit, Matthew’s Hope Foundation to save lives and bring the promise of sustained long-term recovery to those suffering from Substance Use Disorder. For admission and further information, call 844-AND-HOPE (844-263-4673).

Direct Admit Process

One Call Direct Admissions Process for the SJMC Center for Behavioral Health

  • Call 713-757-7512 to speak with an intake specialist
  • Once bed availability is confirmed, fax the following information to 713-356-7959: Patient Demographics, Insurance Verification, Physician's Orders


Before a patient can be admitted to the Behavioral Health Unit, an assessment will be completed to determine the best, most appropriate treatment options. Assessments are available without charge 24/7. Patients, families, physicians, or anyone concerned about an individual can access these services. Medicaid, Medicare, and most private insurances accepted.


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Conditions We Treat

  • Stress
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Depression & Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Suicidal Thinking
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Schizophrenia & Other Related Mental Illnesses
  • Specialized Treatment


  • Psychiatric assessment and treatment services
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Medication management and monitoring
  • Specialized nursing
  • Medical evaluations
  • Case manaagement
  • Educational services
  • Enrichment activities
  • Comprehensive discharge planning