This is a referral-only service.
The Residential Behavioral Health unit at UT Health Northeast serves adults who are receiving psychiatric services. This is a referral-only treatment facility that houses 30 patients for an extended time. The residential program is designed to assist individuals in meeting their recovery goals in order to better prepare the person for community living. To aide in treatment, we offer a wide array of activities to encourage the patient to work toward their individualized recovery goals.
A Plan for Life
It’s a team approach when it comes to helping the patient get the appropriate treatment that will set them up for long-term success. Discharge planning begins the moment the patient is admitted so there is a plan for life outside our facility. The recovery team and the patient work together to provide the best possible opportunity for the patient to discharge to a less restrictive environment.
Inside the Facility
The Residential unit offers semi-private rooms that include a private bathroom and grooming station. Also located in each room is a television and locker area that allows each resident to secure their property. The unit provides a visitation area for families to visit as well as a large dining room and programming/activity areas.
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.
Incentive ProgramsOuting Adventures Club
The Outing Adventures Club program consists of residents getting the opportunity to go on monthly outings in the community to places such as: The Caldwell Zoo, Tyler State Park, Walmart, Dollar General, Time’s Square Cinema, Green Acres Bowling Alley and many other places. (Residents who qualify, but are unable to attend the outings due to judicial commitments have the option of staff purchasing items requested on their behalf to still enjoy the incentive.)
The Lunch Bunch program consists of the residents who qualified getting the opportunity to enjoy their choice of a variety of delicious foods and beverages in UT Health’s Blue Star Café while integrating and engaging with the general public.
Resident Of The Month
Each month a single patient who has demonstrated outstanding engagement in their plan of care will be chosen by the Recovery Team as the Resident of the Month, will be recognized as the Resident of the Month on the unit in front of their peers, and will receive a $20 credit toward a future outing adventure.
Court Competency Restoration ProgramThe Court Competency Restoration Program at UTHCT was created to help clients who are on 46b commitments to meet the Dusky Standard (Dusky v. United States, 362 U.S. 402; 1960). This includes the client demonstrating:
- A sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding
- A rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him or her
Clients who are in the program go through weekly training in UT Health’s “Court Competency Workbook” and have periodic quizzes to demonstrate progress. Once they have passed our “Court Competency Pre-Test” and met with our doctor, they will have the opportunity for an independent assessor to evaluate them for court competency.
Client Workers ProgramThe Client Workers Program at UT Health was created for residents on the sub-acute residential unit to have the opportunity to learn valuable job skills and earn money to prepare for their future discharge and to participate in Outing Adventure Club Outings.
CurriculumTo keep clients engaged and learning, the staff works to provide weekly and monthly activities and curriculum, including:
- Social skills training
- Current events discussion
- Sport skills
- Job training
- Creative arts
- Stress/mood/anger management
- Physical and mental health education
- Cognitive/social skills
- Life and work skills
- Creativity/self expression
- Nintendo Wii games
- Movies and popcorn
- Weekly bingo tournaments
- Board and card games
- Exercise equipment
- Musical instruments
- Events and parties
Visitation hours are:
Monday through Friday – 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Weekends and holidays – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The residential 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 3 East in advance of your visit to determine if any items you may want to bring to a patient are allowed on the unit.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult.