Inpatient Services

Senior Behavioral Health

UCSD Medical Center


Daniel D. Sewell, M.D., Director

Senior Behavioral Health is an acute inpatient psychiatric/medical treatment program designed to effectively treat the unique emotional, mental and physical health care needs of the older patient. Senior Behavioral Health offers a structured treatment program where care is provided around the clock, seven days a week. A multidisciplinary team of health care professionals works cooperatively to provide the highest level of mental health treatment. The team includes psychiatrists, primary care physicians, psychologists, social workers, occupational and physical therapists, a dietitian, and psychiatric nurses. The team's objective is to provide each of our patients a safe, caring and supportive treatment environment which stimulates independent positive living. Patients are admitted to the program voluntarily and receive a complete physical and psychiatric evaluation. An individualized plan of treatment is then outlined by the multidisciplinary treatment team. The plan is designed to focus on the specific physical and emotional needs of the older adult patient. Patients are encouraged to participate in their own treatment through structured therapeutic groups and individual therapy.



University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0603 La Jolla, CA 92037-0603
Telephone: (858) 534-3684, Fax: (858) 534-7653, Electronic Mail: