8600 Old Georgetown Road | Bethesda, MD 20814


Inpatient Behavioral Health Services

The 7300 unit is a 24-bed inpatient unit which provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary, short-term evaluation, stabilization and treatment for adults and adolescents who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis or a temporary exacerbation of a chronic mental illness.

Our patients' needs may include addiction treatment (for alcohol and/or drug abuse), detox and referral to the appropriate rehab services; dual diagnosis (primary psychiatric and secondary addiction diagnosis); or inpatient electro-convulsive therapy (ECT).

Services are provided within a pleasantly furnished nursing unit that includes several group rooms and an activity/dining area.

Only patients on a voluntary status are accepted. “Voluntary” means that you sign a form that indicates that you are seeking treatment for a mental disorder.

Adolescent patients have special oversight regarding medications and visitors.

Treatment involves two stages of care; inpatient and planning for after care. Both are led by the attending psychiatrist who oversees the care of the patients.  Patients participate in a full range of therapy groups that pertain to their specific needs.

Groups and their purposes include:

Occupational Therapy: Activities are used to enhance your coping skills, communication skills, cognitive skills and self concept.

Group Psychotherapy:  You are encouraged to share feelings, experiences and relate to one another. This group is facilitated by a Master’s prepared, certified nurse therapist.

Spirituality: You are provided an opportunity to meet with the hospital chaplain and a therapist to discuss your philosophy and your sense of what your definition of spirituality is and how it may help at this time.

Dual Diagnosis Group: You meet to discuss and obtain education on the use and abuse of psychoactive substances. You also learn about how these substances affect psychiatric disorders.


Addiction Counseling/AA-NA Groups: These groups are presented by community members who have overcome their experiences and want to help you.

Art Therapy:  Offers you an opportunity to express yourself graphically to articulate thoughts and feelings.

Certified Music as Therapy: Compliments the Art Therapy group with harp music.

Pet Therapy: Offers you a pleasant respite from all the formal groups with a non-judgmental approach and interaction.

Medication Group: Review of your medications to include reason for being prescribed, side effects, clarification of dosages, frequency and to answer any other questions you may have.

Healthy Solutions: You meet with the dietitian and discuss how your diet choices can help you feel better.

Each patient is assigned an attending psychiatrist.  Additionally, our staff includes social workers, registered nurses, occupational therapists, art therapists, dietitians and psychologists with vast and varied experience.

The entire treatment team works closely with families, care providers and outpatient programs involved in the patients’ longitudinal care.

They are all part of the treatment team, but the most important member of the treatment team is YOU!

Social work services and transition follow-up assistance are provided, as well as family and individual counseling. Family/significant other discussion, meetings and interaction is encouraged to promote support, understanding and education of the patient’s needs and health.

Our visiting hours are 6-8 pm during weekdays. On weekends and holidays, the hours are 4-5 pm, and then 6-8 pm. If you need special visiting arrangements, please contact the staff on 7300.

We also support medical students, nursing students and social work interns from multiple universities and colleges. Our staff interacts with the National Institute of Mental Health for research programs.

Privacy and Confidentiality: All Behavioral Health patients are automatically confidential until you sign a formal confidentiality request. If you wish to be confidential, there will be no acknowledgement of your presence.

Release of Information Form: This form is required to be signed by you for us to be able to contact your outpatient mental health practitioners and family members. We are then able to promote continuity of care regarding your treatment and discharge planning.

For more information about Suburban Hospital's Behavioral Health Services, or a referral to a physician or therapist, please call 301-896-2331.