Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health

For adults age 55 and older, the physical, mental, and environmental changes that accompany this stage of life can be difficult to process and manage.

Behavioral Health

82 South 1100 East, Suite 404
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

doctor with patient

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

In and Outpatient Behavioral Health Programs for Seniors

That’s why we’ve established a special 20-bed unit within the hospital, dedicated to the practice of geropsychiatry, an area of medicine jointly focused on the physical and emotional needs of older adults.

Depression is one of the most common reasons why patients seek treatment in our Senior Behavioral Health unit. This mental illness affects approximately 6.5 million Americans over the age of 65 – almost one in five seniors.

Steward Behavioral Health Inpatient Requirements
In order to be eligible for admission, one or more of the following criteria must be met:
•    A recent suicide attempt
•    Homicidal thoughts, secondary to a mental health issue
•    Memory impairment that challenges the welfare of self or others, if secondary to a mental health issue
•    Monitoring required for psychotropic medication stabilization, including toxic effects if cleared medically
•    Psychiatric symptoms causing bizarre or disordered behavior
•    Psychiatric symptoms causing one to not be able to care for themselves, including impaired family, social and vocational functions
•    Self-harming behavior
•    A sudden change in cognition such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, etc.
•    Suicidal thoughts with plan, intent and/or means
•    Unmanageable psychiatric symptoms that are resistant to medication or therapeutic treatment at a lower level of care (i.e. residential or outpatient treatment).

Please note that there might be circumstances in which Steward Behavioral Health might determine a Behavioral Health setting not to be appropriate. Examples of this could be an acute medical condition, intellectual disability, a traumatic brain injury, violent behavior, poor impulse control and more. Any condition that is beyond our resources including the capacity of staff and environment to treat the patient in a safe manner could be considered unsuitable for inpatient treatment.

Inpatient Unit

As a part of our senior inpatient program, you may work with some or all of the following types of professionals:
  • Psychiatrists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Registered nurses
  • Advanced practice registered nurses
  • Certified nursing assistants / Behavioral health technicians
  • Geriatricians (physicians who specialize in the care of older adults)
  • Rehabilitation therapists 


Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please go to the nearest Emergency Room. You may also call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. This service provides 24/7, free and confidential support. 

Conditions We Treat

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cognitive Changes
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Paranoia
  • Phobias
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal or Homicidal Feelings *If feeling suicidal, go to the nearest ER*
  • Difficulty sleeping, nightmares
  • Isolation
  • Adapting to the loss of independence
  • Auditory or visual hallucinations
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • PTSD


  • DBT (Dialectic Behavior Therapy)
  • Psychiatric assessment and treatment
  • Management and treatment of medical conditions
  • Medication management
  • Long-acting injectable psychiatric medications
  • Nursing
  • Dietary consultation
  • Recreational therapy assessment and treatment
  • Psychotherapy (individual, family and group)
  • Education for patients and families on diagnosis, treatment options, and medications
  • Social work assistance with discharge planning, and financial issues

Our Team

Clark Johnson, MD
Clark Johnson, MD