Intensive Treatment Services

Intensive Treatment Services at Cambridge Behavioral Hospital Intensive Treatment Services also known as Critical Care Unit provides crisis stabilization and symptom reduction for individuals 18 years or older who are in acute psychiatric distress. This service treats patients both voluntary and involuntary patients in acute crisis who require immediate assistance in a secure, safe and structured environment.


The Intensive Treatment Program offers the highest level of management for patients with the most severe mental illnesses, some of who are experiencing symptoms for the first time and others who may have struggled with their illness in the past. Under the supervision of a psychiatric team made up of psychiatrist, social workers, therapists, nurses, and other unit staff members, patients are assisted in identifying the source of their psychological issues that are impairing their ability to function. The treatment team considers the individual’s strengths, areas of difficulty and situational factors which have contributed to the current crisis.

Mental Health in America Infograph by NAMI
Mental Health in America Infograph by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Original found:
Quoted from NAMI’s Website the Consequences of Lack of Treatment are:

  • Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
  • Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.
  • Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions.17 Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions.
  • Over one-third (37%) of students with a mental health condition age 14­–21 and older who are served by special education drop out—the highest dropout rate of any disability group.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.,20 the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–2421 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.
  • More than 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition.
  • Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide.

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