Behavioral Health


Lake Charles Memorial Health System provides comprehensive behavioral health treatment for adolescents, adults and geriatric patients with the backing of a full service health system. Current services are available on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Memorial's dedication to providing much needed mental health services in Southwest Louisiana and statewide is further exemplified with Archer Institute Behavioral Health Hospital. For more information on Archer Institute, click here.

The new facility was designed with patient needs in mind and current state-of-the-art mental and substance abuse care. Archer Institute of Lake Charles Memorial Health System is named in honor Psychiatrist Dale Archer, MD who has a legacy as a mental health leader and advocate in Southwest Louisiana. Psychiatrist Said Cantu, MD will serve as Medical Director for both inpatient and outpatient services.

Inpatient Services

With both inpatient and outpatient programs available, Archer Institute programs combine quality and compassionate care from a team of disciplines, including a psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, case managers, activity therapists, dietitians, occupational therapists and behavioral health coordinators. The treatment teams 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.

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

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Danger to themselves or others
  • Suicidal
  • Homicidal
  • Depressed
  • Hearing voices
  • Sudden onset of confusion
  • Medication mismanagement

Outpatient Services

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for behavioral health problems covering emotional and mental health ssues are also available. The benefits of intensive outpatient programs allow individuals 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.

The outpatient 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. The patient’s plan of care is individualized with the goal of helping patients lead normal, productive lives.

The IOP is only 3-4 days a week beginning at 9 am and ending at 1:30 pm. We have full transportation and provide a light breakfast snack and lunch.

Mental health evaluations are available, free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you believe you or a loved one may need behavioral health care, call or walk in anytime for a free and confidential assessment with one of Archer Institute’s mental health professionals.

Archer Institute of Lake Charles Memorial Health System
6713 Nelson Rd
Lake Charles, LA, 70605