Clinical Staff and Services


Chaplaincy Services

Chaplaincy Services supports and enhances the recovery potential of patients by offering a variety of spiritual care resources, including:  spiritual needs assessment, pastoral and bereavement counseling, worship opportunities, spiritual practice development/rehearsal to increase coping abilities, consultative and educational services to staff and the catchment area faith community.

Medical Staff

All psychiatrists at DDPC are certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as specialists in psychiatry. They serve as the leaders of treatment teams, approving and coordinating all treatment provided to each patient. They and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, pharmacotherapy, non-medication therapy services, and have a major role in developing an individualized multidisciplinary treatment plan for each patient.  General Medical physicians and physician extenders provide comprehensive physical examinations and ongoing treatment for routine medical conditions. Specialty care, or care for acute, serious conditions requires referral to community hospitals or providers, and is coordinated by the DDPC general medical providers.  The psychiatric practitioners and general medical providers work in close collaboration serving as consultants for each other.

Nursing Department

The Nursing Department is centrally organized to provide quality-nursing care to the patients of DDPC and to maintain the professional conduct and practices of its members.  We believe that the application of sound management principles is essential to achieving quality patient care.  An Assistant Director of Nursing, Nursing Performance Improvement Director, Infection Control/Employee Health Department, Clinical Education Department, and Clinical Nurse Managers are responsible for nursing practice in various clinical and administrative functions. These areas are supported by the Director of Nursing Services.

Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services provide quality meal production and service to meet patient needs as well as nutrition education for both inpatients and outpatients. Education is provided in group settings and on a one to one basis, focusing on building knowledge and skills to optimize quality of life for all patients.  Clinical Dietitians are also available for teachings to all staff on nutrition/food safety topics related to their well being or to patient care.

Occupational Therapy Department

Occupational Therapy provides client-centered evaluation, treatment and consultation services to inpatients in order to assist with discharge planning, optimizing patient functioning and enhancing satisfaction with life roles and desired activities.  Vocational services are offered to prepare patients for paid employment and community volunteer opportunities.  Educational services are offered to assist patients in earning a GED, pursuing post secondary education or participating in personal educational enrichment experiences.

Performance Improvement Mission

The Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Programs support the DDPC mission and vision by leading efforts to plan, design, measure, assess/analyze and improve important hospital functions and to intensively analyze patterns and performance trends that vary substantially from those expected.


Clinical psychologists provide individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment/testing.  They provide consultation to other staff on psychological matters pertaining to patient care.

Social Work Department

Social Workers at DDPC provide psychosocial assessments to identify and provide professional services for those patients, patients’ families and other individuals significant to the patient, that the Social Worker is uniquely licensed and qualified due to training and/or experience.  In order to facilitate adjustment of these individuals to the impact of illness and to promote maximum benefits from the health care services provided, the Social Worker will be available to patients, families, guardians, representatives and significant others to develop and coordinate community resources as well as help them understand the treatment process, including implications of treatment compliance and discharge planning.

Staff Education Department

The Staff Education Department (SED) at Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center is primarily responsible for supporting employee’s educational endeavors that enhance their job performance while meeting the mandates of various regulatory bodies.  SED also provides educational offerings to the community and collaborates with other area hospitals and agencies on a regular basis to stay abreast of training needs for assistance in community needs.

Substance Abuse Services

Substance Abuse Services at Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center offers evaluations and treatment for inpatients with co-occurring disorders that are referred by the unit psychiatrist. Treatment may include individual substance abuse counseling or groups stressing risk reduction and/or abstinence, mock Twelve-Step meetings, referral to community Twelve-Step meetings and referrals for continued counseling after the patient is discharged.

Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation is a clinical service that provides a comprehensive array of recreational opportunities.  Clients are referred to specific programs based on each individual’s assessed needs.  Programs are carried out both on campus and in the community and focus on the emotional, social and physical well being of each individual.

Wilson Treatment Mall

The Wilson Treatment Mall takes therapeutic practices from existing disciplines (Nursing, Dietary, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Chaplaincy, Substance Abuse Services, and Therapeutic Recreation) and centralizes them in a common area. A Peer Support Group is also available. Inpatients attend groups at the Wilson Treatment Mall Monday through Friday from 9:10 to 11:30 am.  Outpatients attend groups in the afternoon Outpatient Program from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays.  Patients and staff collaboratively identify classes and groups that will best utilize their strengths while assisting them in meeting their educational and skill building needs.