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McLaren Bay Region launches inpatient geriatric psychiatry program

McLaren Bay Region will soon launch an inpatient geriatric psychiatry program to better serve the special needs of senior adults with psychiatric illness.

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McLaren Bay Region to host safeTALK suicide alertness training
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McLaren Bay Region to launch partial hospitalization behavioral health program; first in Great Lakes Bay Region
McLaren Bay Region in August will launch a new program to help people struggling with behavioral health issues in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Behavioral Health

Our skilled team of behavioral health counselors, nursing and therapy staff offer a range of treatment therapy including inpatient mental health services for adults, partial hospitalization programs for adults and adolescents, as well as both individual and family counseling services. Let McLaren help you make the most of life.

McLaren provides a full spectrum of psychiatric services including Emergency, Inpatient, and Outpatient Counseling. Some of the conditions treated here include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
  • Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease

McLaren Bay Region Behavioral Health Services

The Behavioral Health Center at McLaren Bay Region devotes 23 beds to provide individual treatment interventions for adults, 18 years and older who require 24-hour psychiatric services.

Before admission to our behavioral health program, patients undergo a comprehensive evaluation to determine an individual's psychiatric, physical and medical status to help establish the most appropriate level of care.

Our goal is to provide quality care to prevent, support and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral conditions to help the patient resume their lives as quickly as possible. The professional treatment team guides the patient and family toward alternative coping skills, evaluate medications, promote wellness, and strive to achieve the optimum level of functioning for each individual.

Recommendations for an assessment may be made by a physician, psychiatrist, social worker, nurse, mental health professional, minister, judge, law enforcement officer, family member, friend, employer, or employee. In an emergency, go to nearest emergency room.

McLaren Flint Behavioral Health

McLaren Flint utilizes a person-centered approach to meeting the needs of individuals requiring mental health treatment.  This means individuals are active participants in the treatment planning process, and treated by an interdisciplinary team of mental health professionals in a therapeutic environment that promotes recovery.

  • Need Counseling? The McLaren Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at Oak Bridge are available for individuals and families struggling with depression, anxiety, stress-related problems and other mental health issues. Specialists are available to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. For more information, contact 810.342.5337. 

Do you have questions about behavioral health care? Feel free to email Kenneth Deighton, Director of McLaren Flint's Department of Behavioral Health

McLaren Greater Lansing Geropsychiatry Program

2727 South Pennsylvania
Lansing, MI  48910
(517) 975-3212

A special program of emotional and mental health care for older adults

Close to 70,000 adults 65 and older live in the tri-county region, most independent of their families, most still in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. But many older adults need more than healthy independence; they also need special care for the distinct problems facing them during this unique stage of life.

In mid-Michigan, McLaren Greater Lansing's G.E.M.S. (Geropsychiatric Evaluation and Management Services) helps older adults live life to a fuller capacity with the medical, clinical and social support to not only survive but to thrive.

Questions and Answers
Q. What problems of aging can the G.E.M.S. program help with? What signs or symptoms should I be aware of?
  • Depression.
  • Prolonged grief over the loss of a loved one or one's independence.
  • Unusual behavioral or mood changes.
  • Confusion or dementia.
  • Memory problems.
  • Decreased ability to perform activities of daily living.
  • Loss of interest in people or usual activities.
  • Excessive complaints about physical problems when seemingly healthy.
  • Suspicious behavior or thinking.
  • Uncharacteristic anger, irritability, or agitation.
  • Physically assaultive behavior.
  • Trouble with self-care, daily routines, or decision making.
  • Feelings of hopelessness or suicidal thoughts.
  • Being easily angered, irritable, or agitated.
  • Trouble with self care, daily routines, or decision making.
  • Feeling life is not worth living.
  • Feeling so sad or tense that routine daily tasks are hard to complete.
  • Lack of energy.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
Q. What is unique about McLaren Greater Lansing's G.E.M.S. program?
  1. J.P. Blake Casher, DO, is board-certified in psychiatry & neurology with added qualification in Geriatric Psychiatry..
  2. The program provides inpatient mental health assessment and treatment in a safe, structured, comfortable and convenient environment.
  3. The structure of the program ensures full confidentiality, dignity and respect for each individual and his/her family.
  4. G.E.M.S. also enjoys access to a wide range of health care services available at McLaren Greater Lansing, which further enhances treatment and follow-up care for older adults.
Q. Besides the medical director, what other health care professionals make up the G.E.M.S. treatment team?

The G.E.M.S. treatment team also includes:

  • A consulting neuropsychologist
  • Activity, physical and occupational therapists
  • Clinical social workers
  • Psychiatric nurses
  • Physicians from McLaren Greater Lansing's Internal Medicine Department, to ensure the physical health care needs of each individual are also appropriately addressed and managed.
Q. Is there an "average" length of stay in the G.E.M.S. unit for patients?
A. If an inpatient stay is found to be appropriate, the length of stay will depend on the individual problem and/or complaint. Most people spend an average of one to two weeks on the unit.
Q. What is treatment like on the G.E.M.S. unit?
A. During their stay, patients take part in individual, group, behavioral and activity therapy. Medication and/or medical treatment may also be part of the individual treatment plan.
Q. What happens when a patient leaves the unit to go home?
A. Before discharge, a follow-up care plan is also outlined. It will include any suggested living and support arrangements for aftercare.


The G.E.M.S. staff and physicians know how difficult it can be to watch loved ones grow older, lose their ability or capacity to enjoy life, and require more help over time. But we also know how to help families cope so they, too, can enjoy their life to its fullest.

Questions and Answers
Q. What kind of help can a patient's family expect?

Because we are aware of the challenges associated with making mental health care decisions and the unique struggles in caring for an aging family member, we provide needed support and solutions to families throughout their loved one's treatment and beyond.

  • G.E.M.S. staff meet regularly with family members and caregivers during the patient's hospitalization and before discharge.
  • Staff members help family members access appropriate community resources. Those efforts help extend the G.E.M.S. program for long-term success.


It's normal to have concerns and questions when admission to the G.E.M.S. unit has been recommended by your doctor of the unit's medical director. What is treatment like at G.E.M.S.?

The following information is provided to help you gain a better understanding of the treatment-and treatment environment-on the G.E.M.S. unit.

Questions and Answers
Q. What is the focus of treatment in the G.E.M.S. program?

The clinical focus is the diagnosis and treatment of acute emotional, cognitive and behavioral consequences of mental disorders facing older adults.

Q. Specifically, what will treatment consist of?

Once evaluated, an individual treatment plan is designed for each patient and may include the following components:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Recreational and activity therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication management
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Treatment of medical problems by an appropriate consulting physician
Q. It's hard to accept that treatment at G.E.M.S. is needed. How "common" are mental and emotional problems in seniors?
A. There are a lot of "common" problems aging adults experience-physically, emotionally, and mentally. Even though most people have a tendency to feel more comfortable talking about a physical health problem than they do an emotional or mental problem, each requires-and deserves-compassionate, quality, clinically excellent health care and treatment. Accepting such help for each distinct problem is a major step toward getting the right treatment and enjoying the most optimal long-term health possible.
Q. What are some of these "common" problems aging adults may experience?

Some of the more common problems a doctor may diagnose, and reasons s/he may recommend G.E.M.S., include:

  • Various types of depression
  • Emotional problems associated with aging
  • Late life psychotic disorders (delusional disorders and schizophrenia)
  • Various types of dementia with behavioral or emotional symptoms

Other reasons hospitalization on the G.E.M.S. unit may be recommended include:

  • Your family member/loved one feels hopeless or talks about suicide.
  • Your family member/loved one has been physically assaultive.
  • Your family member/loved one is currently unable to function outside of a structured setting.
  • Your family member/loved one has not achieved success with outpatient treatment for his/her problem.
Q. Are there any requirements for someone to be admitted to the G.E.M.S. unit to get treatment?

Before being admitted, the G.E.M.S. staff will perform an intake assessment, or evaluation, to determine if G.E.M.S. will be beneficial.

Some "requirements" for admission to the program include:

  • Must be ambulatory (able to walk) or wheelchair ambulatory (able to get around in a wheelchair).
  • Must be able to participate in the therapeutic process.
  • Behavior should be manageable on the G.E.M.S. unit.
  • Medical stability, to ensure that effective and safe treatment is available on the unit.

How can I get more information about the G.E.M.S. program?

A. For more information, you may call the G.E.M.S. Admissions Coordinator at (517) 975-3212.


McLaren Lapeer Region Behavioral Health Services

McLaren Lapeer Region has provided a continuum of mental health services to the community for more than thirty years. The licensed twenty-bed inpatient mental health program offers both psychiatric and psychological services in a variety of assessment and treatment modalities. This includes a complete realm of psychiatric services, including a comprehensive medical evaluation, medication management, diagnostic assessments, individual, group, and family therapy, and emergency consultations.

If you have questions regarding these rights or you feel your rights have been violated while receiving services at McLaren Lapeer Region Behavioral Health Unit, please contact Lisa Jolly, Recipient Rights Advisor at (810) 667-5579.

McLaren Oakland Senior Behavioral Health Unit

There are many factors that can affect the physical, mental and emotional well-being of an older adult. McLaren Oakland created our senior behavioral health unit to address the special needs of seniors who are experiencing emotional and behavioral changes. The unit provides a safe, secure environment essential to successful inpatient psychiatric treatment.

The senior behavioral health unit at McLaren Oakland services adults 55 years of age and older who have a psychiatric diagnosis and in need of stabilization in an acute care setting. Our program is designed to meet the unique needs of elderly patients, including those who, in addition to a psychiatric diagnosis have also received a diagnosis of dementia or memory-impairment.

Caring Geriatric Medical Team of Professionals Our multi-disciplinary team establishes a structured, supportive and safe environment where patients learn to identify problem areas and develop solutions. Combined with education and therapy, patients build skills for improved mental health and quality community living. Our team includes:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurses
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Internal Medicine Physicians
  • Licensed Social Workers
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Psychologist
  • PCA's

Cost and Insurance Our services are covered in whole or part by most major insurance plans and Medicare. Since plans vary in coverage, family members and individuals are encouraged to discuss details with our staff and the hospital’s financial services.

For admission and referral or more information, please contact our intake department 24/7 at 1-855-9MCLAREN.

McLaren Port Huron Behavioral Health Services

  • Emergency Psychiatric Services, 24-hours, call (810) 989-3159 or patients may go directly to the McLaren Port Huron’s Emergency Center
  • Inpatient Mental Health Unit, 24-hours, call (810) 985-2614
  • Outpatient Counseling Center call (810) 984-5156
  • Non-emergent questions call HealthAccess at (800) 228-1484

Inpatient Mental Health Visiting Hours:

  • Mental Health is a secured unit. Use the gray telephone located outside the entrance to contact staff for entry
  • Visiting hours are 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
  • Limit of two visitors at a time.
  • Visitors must be age 14 and over, unless authorized by the patient's attending physician.
  • Visiting is supervised and limited to the dining area.
  • Visitors are asked to place coats and personal belongings in a locker prior to entering the unit. Items brought in for patients are limited and will be checked by staff. Unit staff will provide you with a list of items that may not be brought into the unit.