Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI)

Child Diagnostic Unit (CDU) (5 South)

The CDU is a 10-bed unit that admits children ages 2 to 12 years. This unit has implemented an innovative approach for treatment of children with psychiatric and developmental disorders. The multidisciplinary team of professionals include psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, educators, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. This team of professionals utilizes a unique approach that incorporates Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) principles. The individual needs and lagging skills of each child are identified through a thorough evaluation process and an individualized treatment plan developed. Medication parameters are carefully evaluated to ensure therapeutic dosing. Family members are encouraged to participate on the unit with their child and are educated on CPS principles. The family and community services are actively incorporated into the discharge plan. Follow-up treatment is coordinated through UAMS to facilitate the success of each child as they return to their home and community. Due to the intensive treatment services, the LOS is 28 days.

WOMEN’S UNIT (5 North)

The Women’s Unit is comprised of a 10-bed female oriented unit focusing on the mental health needs of female patients many of whom may be pregnant, post-partum, drug or alcohol dependent, experienced mental and physical abuse or other traumatic events. A supportive caring environment offers therapeutic intervention and facilitates development of healthy coping skills. These patients are provided group and individual therapy related to dealing with depression, anxiety, anger, grief, stress, PTSD, eating disorders, detrimental health practices and substance abuse. Psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, activity therapists, chaplains, educators, dieticians and dental staff comprise the treatment staff who serve these patients.
The average length of stay for these types of patients is 3-7 days with exceptions of longer length of stay for patients requiring more intensive treatment.


The Adult Med/Psych Unit serves adult patients ranging in age of 18-65 years with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. A number of the patients transferred from the UAMS main campus also have secondary medical/surgical conditions that may be treated on a psychiatric unit.
Admissions to this unit are generally acutely ill with major psychiatric disorders. Patients demonstrate an active psychoses or experience acute suicidal thinking and potential homicidal ideation. Some of these patients have active substance abuse which may complicate the final diagnosis due to similar symptomatology to the psychotic patient. Patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team that addresses the needs of the patient. A treatment plan is formulated by a team of specialists comprised of Psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, activity therapists, psycho-education specialists and occupational and physical therapists with the goal of providing state of the art psychiatric treatment to return the patient to the highest state of functionality when discharged. The length of stay ranges from 3-7 days with exception to this rule when the patient requires more intensive treatment creating the necessity for a longer length of stay.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

ECT is also available as a treatment modality for intractable depression and various other psychiatric illnesses that have not responded to medication or other psychiatric interventions. This therapy is available to both inpatients and outpatients. The patient may begin treatment as an inpatient and then continues as an outpatient thereafter. Psychiatrists, Anesthesiologists, Nurses comprise the treatment team.