Demand for the services offered by the psychiatric hospitals, behavioral health treatment units and residential treatment centers that make up the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) remains strong, and many member operations are responding by adding capacity and broadening their service mix.
NAPHS's 2007 Annual Survey, released this month, shows relative stability in the major data categories that member organizations use to guide their strategic thinking and to monitor trends. Building on findings from past surveys, this year's report further highlights the degree to which psychiatric health systems have diversified their services in recent years to include areas such as addiction treatment, psychiatric rehabilitation, and education services for youth.
"Inpatient services used to be dominant, but these less traditional types of services are now becoming part of what a number of our members are doing," NAPHS Executive Director Mark Covall told MHW.
While hospital systems' mission remains one of stabilization first, as they are …