When a psychiatric illness requires someone you love to be hospitalized, you want the highest quality, most compassionate care available. At the Samaritan Medical Center Inpatient Mental Health Unit, you will find an environment conducive to empathy, healing, and respect. We provide a full range of care for adults 18 and over. Through a proper balance of structure, treatment, and safe discharge planning, our patients work toward a successful return to the community.


Each patient receives individualized treatment and quality care that best suits their needs. This quality care is provided using a multi-disciplinary approach, including one-to-one contacts, educational groups related to depression, stress/anger management and anxiety, recreational groups and leisure time activities including Yoga, T'ai-Chi and meditation. Cases are reviewed daily by one treatment team, and patients are invited to participate directly with their treatment team. There are also specialized groups offered for military patients. In addition, family meetings and command meetings are a significant part of our treatment process.

Samaritan's Inpatient Mental Health Unit has 32 beds and patients typically stay an average of 7 to 10 days. Our staff includes Psychiatrists, Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses, Mental Health Workers, Social Workers, Discharge Planning Coordinators and Safety Aides – all working together to create an environment of trust and safety. 

If you are in need of assistance please use the Samaritan Urgent Mental Health Hotline as well: 315-785-4516 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

At Samaritan, we know that quality care includes friends and family, and we have dedicated times for visitors to the unit. These times have been set to ensure uninterrupted therapy and treatment sessions.

• Normal visiting hours: Monday through Friday 7:00pm - 8:30pm and weekends and holidays 1:30pm - 3:00pm and 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
• Designated Holidays for visitation are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
• Special visitation may be arranged on a case by case basis.
• Visitors 18 years of age and or older are welcome and will be asked to provide identification prior to entering the unit.
• Special visitation for children may be arranged on a case by case basis.

The phone numbers to contact our patients are: 315-779-6654; 315-779-6655; 315-779-6656 – and Toll Free: 877-888-6138

The phone number to contact nurse's station: 315-786-4955.

Please note that for safety purposes no cell phones or potentially hazardous items are allowed on the unit – visitors will be asked to lock up their items prior to visiting. If you any further questions about Samaritan's Inpatient Mental Health Unit please contact our Assistant Program Manager at 315-785-4223.

Other local mental health resources:

Veterans Crisis Line (24/7)
Confidential help for Veterans and their families *The website also provides a number to text and has online chat capabilities - I wasn't sure how much we wanted on our site

Jefferson County Mobile Crisis Hotline (24/7)
24 hour local help for residents of Jefferson County, New York

Lewis County Crisis Hotline
Crisis line services are available 24 hours a day by calling:
8:00am - 4:30pm - Monday - Friday 315-376-5450 After Hours, weekends and holidays - 315-405-0696

Reachout of St. Lawrence County (24/7)
Reachout is a free, confidential, non-judgmental crisis and information hotline serving residents of St. Lawrence County.