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Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services

Kern Medical's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) is a licensed, 25 bed adult unit designed to provide individualized care during a time of crisis. The recovery-oriented services are designed to achieve symptom stabilization and empower clients through therapeutic programs.

  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Medical Evaluation
  • Medication Education/Treatment
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills
  • Seeking Safety Education
  • Patient and Family Education
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Journaling
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Coping Skills
  • Pet Therapy
  • Linkage to community support services

During a crisis…

Consider these options when you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis:

  • Call 911 if the situation is a life-threatening emergency
  • Call the Kern County Mental Health Hotline at 800.991.5272, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or visit their website at
  • Visit the Psychiatric Evaluation Center/Crisis Stabilization Unit located at the Mary K. Shell Mental Health Care at 2151 College Ave.

Electroconvulsive Therapy Referral Form

For an inpatient bed request for electroconvulsive therapy please call the hospital transfer coordinator at 661-326-2733, fax 661-326-2687