Clinical Departments



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.  A Family Nurse Practitioner 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.


Nurses and health professionals in the Nursing Department provide care in keeping with DDPC’s Mission Vision and Values. We are a high reliability hospital-always striving to improve patient care and outcomes. We are driven to excel in patient care, treatment, and safety; increasing knowledge, inspiring hope, and challenging people to use their strengths to lead more autonomous lives. With the Director of Nursing providing oversight, we deliver targeted and relevant continuing education for staff and encourage ANCC certification for our Psychiatric Nurses.  Increased excellence in our practice decreases barriers, promotes transformation, and reflects dedication to best practice to care for our patients.

Quality & Informatics

The mission of the Integrated Quality & Informatics Department is to promote excellence in care through analyzing data, educating staff, and utilizing performance improvement methodology through the support of leadership and staff empowerment. The purpose of the Department is to provide a systematic approach to ensure hospital wide performance improvement in patient care and outcomes. Its function is to improve services through evaluating, monitoring and analyzing data pertaining to the areas of high risk, high frequency and high cost. The Department encompasses the areas of Risk Management, Utilization Review, Medical Records, Data Analytics, Information Technology, and Hospital-Wide Performance Improvement.

Social Services

This is professional services work that provides intensive case management for high risk mental health patients to include clients being served in the outpatient clinic at DDPC.   Responsibilities include acting as a single identifiable focus for service responsibility and functioning as the primary support in a comprehensive and individualized approach to integrating clients into the community.  Work includes ensuring clients’ basic living needs are being met; advocating for and/or assisting clients in gaining access to and maintaining medical, psychiatric, self-help, rehabilitation, social, educational, psychological, and other necessary support services; and the intensive monitoring of clients’ integration progress and overall service delivery. 

Staff Education

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.

Therapeutic Services  

(Includes: Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Substance Abuse Services, Therapeutic Recreation, Peer Support, Clinic Dietitian, Chaplaincy and Occupational Therapy)

Therapeutic Services provides therapeutic activities, rehabilitative services and clinical counseling in order to restore and maintain each patient’s optimal level of physical, emotional and psychosocial functioning to promote successful return to satisfying and productive community living.  As part of a multidisciplinary team, therapeutic services staff completes an individual assessment of need that guides the development of the treatment plan, the selection of activities offered and the delivery of services.  Throughout the continuum of care, therapeutic services staff collaborate with the patient to encourage development of wellness routines, instill hope for the future and provide education to support success in patient - identified meaningful life roles.