ServicesPsychiatryPsychiatric Services for Seniors
  • Seniors

    We understand the unique needs of adults ages 55 and older, and we offer a variety of specialized programs to provide them with the care and attention they may not find in a general psychiatric program.

    Inpatient Geropsychiatry

    Our geropsychiatry inpatient unit offers a secure, quality health care option for adults ages 55 and older with a psychiatric diagnosis. The program is also appropriate for younger patients with additional medical problems that require special attention not found on a general psychiatric unit. A team of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, geriatricians, social workers, nurses, and occupational and creative art therapists have received specific training to meet the unique needs of these patients. As part of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, the staff closely collaborates with all the major medical and surgical specialties important to the geriatric population.


    At The Addiction Institute of New York, we help individuals to recover from substance addictions. We provide the best possible treatments for people who struggle with alcohol, heroin, cocaine, nicotine, and other addictions, and offer the widest possible range of inpatient, outpatient, residential, and school programs for all levels of severity of illness and all levels of socioeconomic status. We take care of addicted people from pre-birth to old age; we also conduct federally funded research, and teach the new generation of professionals the art and science of addiction medicine.  

    We believe that alcohol and drug dependency are treatable illnesses that affect the individuals, their families, employers, and society. We provide state-of-the-art, evidence- based treatment, as well as training of professionals and research on addictive disorders. We also provide motivation enhancement therapy for those individuals who are trying to decide whether or not they have a substance use disorder and whether they want to commit to a treatment experience. All patients can access the full range of services provided at The Addiction Institute of New York, as well as the medical and psychiatric services of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. 

    Senior Citizens Services Program

    The Senior Citizens Services Program is tailored to meet the specific needs of the older individual. The program utilizes a holistic treatment approach, which looks at the unique psychological, social, and health problems of older patients. Case management services are provided to help patients optimize their ability to live independently in the community.

    Emergency and Outreach

    Our emergency and outreach services focus on providing rapid, confidential assessments and immediate treatment. Subsequent treatment planning determines the most appropriate follow-up and ongoing care. 

    Our comprehensive psychiatric emergency services are made of four emergency service components.

    Psychiatric Emergency Rooms (CPEP)

    We operate two emergency rooms, one at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, the other at Mount Sinai West, wherein we provide a safe, caring environment for patients while their conditions stabilize. We conduct thorough evaluations and work with patients to reduce acute psychiatric disturbances, and then formulate the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient.

    Extended Observation Beds

    Extended observation beds enable us to monitor patients continuously for up to 72 hours, which often helps to preclude inpatient admissions. These beds are staffed by an attending psychiatrist, a nurse, and a social worker.

    Mobile Crisis Outreach

    The Mobile Crisis Outreach team makes home visits when clients in crisis cannot come to the hospital. The team also visits clients formerly seen on-site, who require follow-up services. Crisis intervention, counseling, evaluation, and service access assistance for clients and their families are also provided. Services are limited to a five-day duration per episode.

    Crisis Residence Program

    When residential disruption is a significant cause of crisis, the Crisis Residence Program can provide a brief period of safe supervised housing. We have two beds available for clients in crisis. The staff at our Crisis Residence works with the clients to resolve the crisis, and when necessary, arrange for permanent housing. 

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  • The People of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s - Minnie Velez

    When I look into my patients’ eyes, I see my family, and I approach them with the same compassion that I would have for my own family.