Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric hospital serving seniors, adults and adolescents with psychiatric and substance abuse issues in Rhode Island. Located in Providence, Butler also serves southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island. It is recognized as a national leader in acute care services.
Affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, there are important teaching and research programs taking place that greatly enhance the level of care and professional expertise at the hospital. As part of Care New England Health System, Butler can also take advantage of a variety of medical experts.
As a regional center in psychiatry, the hospital provides services to people dealing with a wide range of psychiatric and substance abuse problems including but not limited to:
- Manic depressive illness.
- Suicidal behavior.
- Alcohol and substance abuse.
- Psychotic disorders.
- Obsessive compulsive disorder.
- Memory disorders.
- Movement disorders (Parkinson's & Huntington's disease).
- Alzheimer's disease.
- Anxiety disorders.
Butler Hospital provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and treatment in three primary settings:
- Inpatient programs.
- Partial hospital programs.
- Alcohol & drug treatment services (ADTS).
Limited outpatient treatment may be available in the following programs:
- Senior treatment program.
- Cultural psychiatry program (Hispanic and Portuguese).
- Various research programs.
A National Leader
The hospital has been in the forefront of new developments in psychiatry including:
- Opened one of the first outpatient programs in the late 1950s.
- Opened the first partial hospital substance abuse program in the early 1970s.
- Developed the first partial hospital program to be funded by Blue Cross in the early 1970s.
- An average length of stay of 8 days which is well below the national average.
Caring, Professionally Trained Staff
The hospital employs approximately 900 full-time and part-time clinical and non-clinical staff who are dedicated to treating people with dignity and respect. More than 80 volunteers assist the staff in nearly all departments.
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