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.
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
- Mood disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- 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
- Hearing voices
- Sudden onset of confusion
- Medication mismanagement
For more information on inpatient Psychiatric Health, call (337) 494-3262.
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