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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.

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