Behavioral Health
Adult Behavioral Health Unit Adult Behavioral Health Unit

Adult Behavioral Health Unit

For patients experiencing significant mental distress and more serious psychiatric events, our inpatient behavioral health units support healing in an environment designed with recovery and safety in mind. St. Luke’s experienced, compassionate team cares for you around the clock and personalizes a treatment team to help you heal in body, mind and spirit. From assessment to individual, group and family therapy, discharge planning and aftercare, our goal is to help you transition back to your daily life through outpatient psychiatric and therapy appointments and connections to community support resources.

St. Luke’s features Adult Behavioral Health Units in three locations – St. Luke’s Sacred Heart, Quakertown and Lehighton Campuses – to treat adults 18 to 54 years of age in a secure and intimate setting created to address their behavioral health needs.

St. Luke’s interdisciplinary treatment team consists of experienced mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, nurses, case managers, mental health technicians and activity therapists. The multidisciplinary team approach assists and promotes our patients’ understanding of behavioral health issues so that they can begin the journey to recovery.

This team will collaborate with other St. Luke’s medical team members as needed throughout treatment. The conditions of our patients are addressed with skill and compassion. Family members are welcome to contact the St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Team with any questions or concerns during the treatment of their loved ones.


Admission to St. Luke’s Adult Behavioral Health Unit, an inpatient unit, provides personalized treatment for mental illness. Our program's aim is to provide comprehensive, individualized treatment options to adults with long-standing or newly diagnosed mental illnesses. Each treatment program is tailored to the patient's unique needs, combining the medical and psychosocial aspects of treatment for the best outcome. Each patient is closely monitored, carefully assessed and provided with a supportive, structured environment 24-hours-a-day.

The goal of our treatment plan is to return our patients to their best possible level of health so they may function in a way that improves quality of life and return to a stable outside environment.

Our Services

Changes in behavior, mood or routine may be an indicator that a psychiatric condition is present. Some (but not all) of the symptoms that we treat are:

  • Confused thinking
  • Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows
  • Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Strong feelings of anger
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Denial of obvious problems
  • Numerous unexplained physical ailments
  • Substance abuse

Making the decision to address someone's change in mental status can be extremely difficult. St. Luke’s University Health Network's behavioral health experts are here to help. We offer a multitude of services including but not limited to:

  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • Medical evaluation and management
  • Medication management
  • Recreation therapy
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Electroshock Therapy (ECT)
  • Patient and family education
  • Nutrition consultation and education
  • Neurology consultation
  • Pharmacy consultation
  • Medical and surgical subspecialty consultation
  • Neuropsychology consultation
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Discharge/aftercare planning

Admission Criteria

  • Experiencing increased agitation/aggression
  • Acute behavior changes including depression, anxiety, hallucinations, delusions, appetite and sleep disturbances
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
Call to make a referral: 484-629-5091. A crisis worker is available 24/7 to review your patients’ psychiatric needs and provide advice on next course of action.