Psychiatric Health

Lake Charles Memorial provides comprehensive mental and behavioral health treatment for adolescents, adults and geriatric patients with the backing of a full service health system. Current services are available on an in patient and outpatient basis at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital located on Oak Park Boulevard.

Memorial dedication to providing much needed mental health services in Southwest Louisiana and statewide is further exemplified with our new $19 million behavioral health facility.

The construction is taking place at the Memorial South Campus at the corner of Nelson and Gauthier Roads. A team of architects and medical staff took a year designing the new hospital by looking at some of the best facilities in the nation.

It has been designed from specifically with patient needs in mind and current state-of-the-art psychiatric care. Psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer, Jr, made a major donation towards the new hospital through the Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial. The facility will be known as the Archer Institute at Lake Charles Memorial Health System to honor Dr. Archer's legacy as a leader and mental health advocate in Southwest Louisiana.

Inpatient Services

A team approach combines quality care from a variety of disciplines, including a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurses, social workers, case managers, activity therapists, dietitians, occupational therapists and behavioral health coordinators. The treatment team will individually and collectively observe and identify problems that resulted in hospitalization to develop a treatment plan with specific goals and objectives. We aim to promote the highest level of independence and competence possible for each individual.

Inpatient services are available to treat a broad range of mental health disorders, including:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Dual diagnosis

Individuals who are suffering from any of the following symptoms may benefit from the mental health services at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital:

  • Danger to themselves or others
  • Suicidal
  • Homicidal
  • Depressed
  • Hearing voices
  • Sudden onset of confusion
  • Medication mismanagement

For more information on inpatient Psychiatric Health, call (337) 494-3262.

Outpatient Services

Lake Charles Memorial also has Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for behavioral health problems covering emotional and mental issues. The benefits of intensive outpatient treatment are allowing the patient to be in treatment without the confinement of a hospital. The goal is to prevent hospitalization, to assist in the transition from inpatient hospitalization to home, while encouraging growth, development and improving function.

This program combines psychotherapy and medication management. Licensed professionals under the direct supervision of a psychiatrist, provide interventions tailored to each client’s needs. Group, individual and family therapy are some of the modalities utilized to address issues such as stress, anger, anxiety, depression, distorted thinking and other symptoms disrupting a person’s life. Under the direction of Dr. Said Cantu, Psychiatrist, the patient’s plan of care is individualized with the goal of helping patients lead normal, productive lives.

An IOP is only 3-4 days a week Monday through Friday with the program beginning at 9am and ending at 1:30pm. We have full transportation and provide a light breakfast snack and lunch.

In the event that the patient is seeing another Psychiatrist and has the desire to attend LCMH’s IOP, the patient will stop seeing the current Psychiatrist and be seen by Dr. Cantu for the duration of the program. When the patient is discharged from the program, the patient will be discharged back to the Psychiatrist he/she had prior to entering our program, if they so desire.

For more information on outpatient psychiatric health, call (337) 477-9024.

Psychiatric Health Brochure