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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Sites

Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC)

Kings County Hospital CenterKings County Hospital Center has a rich legacy for its pioneering role in medicine. Today, with over 627 beds, the hospital remains on the cutting edge of technology and provides the most modern procedures with state-of-the-art equipment. Kings County Hospital Center operates a world-renowned Level 1 Trauma Center, one of only three in the borough, which serves 2.6 million residents of Brooklyn and Staten Island.



Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) is comprised of four functional units:

  1. The emergency room (ER): a 24 hours/day psychiatric evaluation service.
  2. Extended Observation Unit (EOU): a 24 hours/day 6-bed unit located adjacent to the ER. The goal of the EOU is to rapidly stabilize patients and discharge to appropriate settings who do not meet criteria for inpatient hospitalization but are unable to be safely discharged from the emergency room within a 24 hour period.
  3. The Mobile Crisis Service: a voluntary service committed to helping families and patients maintain compliance with outpatient treatment and or securing higher level of treatment when indicated.
  4. The Crisis Residence: a total of 26 community beds located at 2 separate locations designed to provide emergency housing for patients who do not require inpatient hospitalization but require additional social services.

Inpatient Child Psychiatry

Hospitalized youngsters are usually 5-18. For the year 2010, there was a total of 629 discharges form the child and adolescent inpatient service. The average length of stay (LOS) in 2010 was 16 days.

Racially they were approximately 75% Black (Afro-American and Caribbean), 20% Hispanic, 5% other (White, Asian). The major diagnoses are Disruptive Behavior Disorder, Conduct Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder 60%, suicide and Affective Disorder 25%, Psychosis 15%, abuse history 60%. Many of the adolescents have organic deficits, including seizure disorder, cognitive limitations, such as mental retardation and learning disabilities, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, including autism. Most of the children have more than one diagnosis and several co-morbid conditions, including substance abuse. Some of the youngsters are referred from courts for evaluation. Many of the children with the longest stay are children with dual diagnosis.



Coney Island Hospital

Coney Island HospitalConey Island Hospital Department of Behavioral Health provides a wide variety of outpatient and inpatient services as well as psychiatric crisis/emergency services. A multilingual staff of Department of Behavioral Health clinical professionals provides high quality, culturally sensitive treatment to our patients.



Adult Mental Health Inpatient Services

The Psychiatric Inpatient Program (PIP) provides a 64 bed acute psychiatric inpatient program for individuals 18 and over with a primary major psychiatric disorder, including dually diagnosed psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.

Unit provides multidisciplinary assessment, milieu therapy, individual and group therapies, pharmacotherapy and medical assessment and treatment as needed. It also offers aftercare planning and follow-up.


Kingsboro Psychiatric Center (KPC)

Kingsboro Psychiatric CenterKingsboro Psychiatric Center provides:

  • Comprehensive, integrated services 24 hours per day for hospitalized patients, 
  • 24-bed Crisis Residence for patients who had been discharged but need to have arrangements completed for residence placement,
  • 48-bed Transitional Residence,
  • 65-bed Family Care Program with certified homes in the community.



Kingsboro Psychiatric Center's community-based outpatient clinics located in Canarsie and Williamsburg neighborhoods provide: assessment and treatment planning; health screening and referrals; discharge planning; verbal therapies; medication therapy; medication education; symptoms management; psychiatric rehabilitation readiness determination; case management; crisis management; clinical support; mobile outreach; family support service.

Kingsboro Psychiatric Center provides a one month Adult Inpatient Psychiatry experience to PGY1 and 1 month C&L for PGY2 residents and has one PGY 4 resident assigned six months half time to the service as a team leader. Kingsboro is an OMH (Office of Mental Health) facility that provides continuous care to the chronic and persistently mentally ill patients of Brooklyn. Since SUNY Downstate Department of Psychiatry has a long-standing commitment to community psychiatry and serving the disenfranchised populations within our community, we have partnered with Kingsboro Psychiatric Center to provide an educational experience at their site.


Brooklyn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC)

VA New York Harbor Healthcare System
Brooklyn Campus

Brooklyn VA

The NY Harbor Healthcare System is always improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to veterans living in the 5 boroughs of New York City.

PGY 2 residents have a 1 month rotation in Addiction Psychiatry. Each PGY2 rotates through the Detox Unit, 21 day Rehab unit and Outpatient Services for Addiction. PGY 3 residents work one day per week for 6 months in a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) clinic with veterans, predominantly, but not exclusively with war trauma. They perform initial psychiatric evaluations and follow-up as well as participate in group therapy.



Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital

Lenox Hill Hospital, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is an acute care hospital which has a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovation. It serves as a teaching hospital for students from Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. Inpatient Mental Health Services comprise a 27-bed General Psychiatry Unit, Inpatient College-Age Psychiatry Unit, Electroconvulsive Therapy, and Consultation-Liaison Services.


PGY-2 Residents rotate at Lenox Hill Hospital in the inpatient psychiatric unit for 2 months. During this time, residents will cover weekly Consultation-Liaison calls at Lenox Hill Hospital from 5-9PM and will take part in the extensive weekly Psychology didactic curriculum.