Southwest Behavioral Services
We're here to make life better. Providing people of all ages individualized and professional emotional and mental health care services in a warm, supportive atmosphere.
We all face challenges from time to time, and unfortunately, helpful services are not available in many communities. Fortunately, we're easy to find, and you'll find us easy to work with. Our staff are experts who are dedicated to helping others in a completely confidential manner.
The important thing to remember is the first step to help begins with a simple phone call. You can read more about us here, or you can talk with your primary care provider. Or, you can pick up the phone and dial us direct for more information or for help. We're here for you.
Heather Johnson, Director
For us, no two patients are ever alike. At SBS, how we help people overcome life's challenges most often does not require an overnight hospital stay. That's what outpatient services is all about. We help people of all ages get help and improve their lives on their own schedule.
Our staff includes an experienced and highly knowledgeable psychiatrist, TJ Norton, MD, as well as Nurse Practitioners, counselors, social workers and others. When it comes to confidential help, we believe there's no where you will feel more cared for.
How can I benefit from outpatient services?
- Recieve a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
- Get approximately six hours of therapy per week
- Find healthy balance through wellness activities
- Find out how to change unhealthy thoughts and behaviors
- Understand and practice coping strategies
- Get help with medication management
- Recieve an individual psychosocial assessment
- Explore other therapies as needed
- Learn how to improve your relationships
- Overcome anxiety
- Learn to cope with ilness and difficulties
- Gain confidence using new life skills
- Get help building a better life
- Live and feel happier
About Our Programs for Seniors
They may have limited mobility, chronic health problems, or illnesses such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. With the help of SHC’s Southwest Behavioral Services, these difficulties can be made easier for the elderly and their families.
We offer care in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Our professional team conducts a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of behavioral and mental changes. We then work with patients and families to develop a course of treatment.
These treatments can include: educational programs, individual meetings with psychiatrists and group therapy with those who have similar conditions. Our nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and activity therapists help with all aspects of a patient’s life.
In order to address the unique needs and help our elderly neighbors maintain as much independence as possible, we have a wide range of services, such as:
Dealing with Emotional Illness
Persistent personality changes or unusual behavior may indicate your loved one is suffering from a mental illness such as depression. These symptoms are not normal at any age. In the elderly, they often indicate illness. Many emotional illnesses are treatable and the earlier they are caught, the better the results.
The Family’s Role
When one family member suffers from a mental or emotional illness, everyone is affected. The process of obtaining help for a loved one can bring pain and guilt for the rest of the family. Stresses and strains in relationships are intensified.
We understand this and encourage family members to participate in their loved one’s treatment process. Our family support groups help re-establish healthy communication that leads to stronger family ties and happier lives.
We want you to know there is hope and the right care is available locally. Stabilizing a mental health crisis sometimes requires direct personal care in the hospital. All our care is provided in a supportive environment with 24-hour nursing care to ensure patients’ well-being.
Intensive Outpatient Services
Outpatient services means an overnight hospital stay is not necessary. SHC’s Intensive Outpatient program is for Medicare patients 50 years and older who are experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties but do not require inpatient therapies.
What Does the Program Offer My Family Member?
- Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation
- Approximately six hours of therapy per week
- Wellness activities
- Guidance to change unhealthy thoughts and behaviors
- Coping strategies
- Medication management
- Individual psychosocial assessment
- Other therapies as needed
How Can I Find Out More About This Program?
Stop by – we’re located in the Park Place campus at 1185 North Elm Street in Platteville. Call us at (608) 348-3656,
Memory Diagnostic Clinic
Memory loss is treatable and our personal care is always here to help improve you and your family member’s lives. At SHC’s Memory Diagnostic Clinic, our mission is diagnosing and treating dementia as early as possible.