This is a referral-only service. Patients must be referred through the Andrews Center.
The acute behavioral health unit at UT Health Northeast is a 14-bed stabilization unit for adults in acute mental or emotional crisis. The average length of stay is 7 to 14 days. Funding for the acute unit beds is provided through the local Mental Health Authority (MHA), the Andrews Center.
Creating a Treatment Plan
Patient treatment involves a comprehensive list of modalities, including psychiatric and psychological care, nursing services, medication administration, and individual and group therapies. The treatment team meets regularly to review and update the individual patient’s treatment plan to best ensure that the optimal level of care is provided and the best outcome achieved.
Continuing Treatment at Home
Discharge planning begins the moment the patient is first admitted, so continual collaboration between the patient and the treatment team is necessary to ultimately provide the best possible placement for the patient upon discharge, which is most often to return home. Most patients are then referred back to the Andrews Center where they continue to follow up with their treatment within an outpatient setting.
Referred through the Andrews Center
Patients in the acute behavioral health unit at UT Health Northeast are initially referred through the Andrews Center, who also provides the initial screening of the patient to determine the need for inpatient care. Patients can either be admitted through the Andrews Center on a voluntary or involuntary basis.
For more information about referrals, please contact:
The Andrews Center
crisis line: (800) 374-6058
2323 W. Front Street
Tyler, TX 75702
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Bipolar disorders
- Severe anxiety
- Posttraumatic stress disorders
- Suicidal ideation
- Serious emotional trauma
Specialties:Acute Behavioral Health /
Dr. Ushimbra Buford is a behavioral health expert with an expertise in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. As a psychiatrist in our acute unit, Dr. Buford helps patients learn to make choices to better their lives. He enjoys interacting with patients and their families as well as other healthcare professionals to improve the level of care that he provides.Referral only
Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr. Matthews has practiced psychiatry for 20 years, working in both outpatient and institutional settings. He is board certified in psychiatry and neurology and completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Matthews has also been a consultant on NASA studies of the effects of extended bed rest. His expertise is valuable to the acute, residential, and senior behavioral health program at UT Health, and the intensive outpatient program in Longview.Referral only
Dr. Brandon Riley provides care to adults on our inpatient acute behavioral health unit. As an adult psychiatrist, Dr. Riley has a special interest in treating schizophrenia and mood disorders. Dr. Riley doesn’t just provide treatment, but he gets to know his patients by working with them one on one. He believes this relationship building is the first step to improving behavioral health. Dr. Riley grew up in northeast Texas, then graduated medical school from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and went on to complete his residency there.Referral only
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As a psychiatrist, Dr. Arunditi Xantus has worked with adult and adolescent patients for nearly a decade. She dedicates her skill and expertise to treating patients on our inpatient adult acute behavioral health unit. Dr. Xantus received her doctorate of medicine from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Visitation hours are 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.
The acute behavioral health unit at UT Health is located on the third floor of building A. This is a secure unit. When visiting family or friends on this unit, please notify UT security via the telephone in the third floor elevator lobby to be escorted into the behavioral health visitation area. You must provide appropriate identification to receive a visitor’s badge. You will then be asked to secure any personal items including cell phones in the available secure lockers.
Please contact the nursing station on 3W in advance of your visit to determine if any items you may want to bring to a patient are allowed on the unit.
Visitors are restricted to two persons at a time. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.