Inpatient FAQ

Princeton House Behavioral Health offers a full range of inpatient treatment services for adults who are struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse problems, or both. Specialized inpatient services for young adults are also offered. Our inpatient services are located at our spacious Princeton campus, which sits on 10 quiet wooded acres just two miles from the heart of Princeton.

What treatment programs are available for inpatients?

On inpatient services include the following programs:

What staff is involved in care?

Our inpatient program features board certified psychiatrists and physicians, registered nurses who provide 24-hour care, and master’s level social workers, therapists, and addiction counselors. Together, they provide a multidisciplinary treatment approach supported by family involvement. Patients also have seamless access to University Medical Center of Princeton if acute medical needs arise, along with access to lab and consultation services at Princeton HealthCare System.

What should I expect during treatment?

Our specialized treatment programs are designed to meet the unique developmental, diagnostic, and gender-related needs of each patient. All of our inpatient programs include:

  • A comprehensive evaluation by a board certified psychiatrist
  • Around-the-clock nursing care
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Group and individual therapy
  • Medication management
  • Family therapy
  • Psychoeducation groups
  • Expressive therapies like yoga, art, and writing

What is evidence-based treatment?

The treatment modalities across our programs are evidence based. This means that findings from the latest research at major academic medical centers and government agencies are regularly reviewed and incorporated into treatment modalities. The outcomes are closely examined to understand what therapies work best for each individual patient, how to reduce symptoms, and how to bring about lasting recovery. Evidence-based programs have been shown to increase engagement and success.

How many patients are in group therapy?

In group therapy, group size is kept to 12 patients or less.

Why is family therapy important?

A patient’s psychiatric illness or addiction can impact the entire family. When the family has an understanding of their loved one’s issues and conflicts, they have the power to play a major role in the recovery process. Princeton House Behavioral Health has long recognized the importance of the family in the healing process, and incorporates family therapy and education into the treatment routine. Clear communication with families is a key part of a patient’s recovery.

How long is the program?

The inpatient length of stay at Princeton House Behavioral Health varies depending on the treatment program and on each patient’s needs. We specialize in short-term, acute behavioral healthcare.

What types of insurance do you accept?

Princeton House Behavioral Health is in network with most commercial insurance plans and accepts Medicare and Medicaid.

What should I bring for an inpatient stay?

When preparing for an inpatient stay, please bring casual clothes for daytime wear and sleepwear for nighttime.

What should I leave at home?

Please do not bring any valuable jewelry or property, cameras, or tape recorders. Because our patients have a very busy treatment schedule, we also ask that you leave cell phones, computers, personal stereos, televisions, and other electronic devices at home.

When are visiting hours?

Visiting hours vary by program. Our Admissions staff provides that information to patients and family members on admission.

What amenities are available?

Princeton House Behavioral Health offers a peaceful, comfortable inpatient campus featuring an indoor atrium with skylights, an outdoor courtyard, a game room, two gyms, and a conference center. The site recently underwent a 10-month, $3 million renovation of its kitchen and dining facilities, and it offers an attractive indoor dining room, seasonal patio dining, and an array of delicious menu options each day.

Is smoking allowed?

There are regularly scheduled, designated smoking breaks during which patients can go outside to a designated area to smoke. However, smoking is prohibited during programs or anywhere inside. If you smoke and are interested in quitting, we can provide information on ways to accomplish this. We are committed to patient comfort and can also help patients manage any withdrawal symptoms through nicotine replacement, when appropriate, and group support.

Are AA/NA programs available on site?

Yes. For the convenience of our patients and their families, we offer AA/NA programs at our inpatient site, along with Bottles and Badges support groups for first responders.