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Senior Diagnostic Unit

(785) 354-6695

Senior Diagnostic Unit at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center

The Senior Diagnostic Unit focuses on acute, short-term crisis stabilization for individuals experiencing a psychiatric emergency. The program is designed for senior adults and provides a thorough evaluation, diagnoses and recommendations for after-care services. Access is limited to senior, voluntary patients – generally 60 years of age and older – who meet admission criteria.

Behavioral Health Services operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Preceding admission to the Senior Diagnostic Unit, an assessment is performed to determine the appropriate level of care for each person and their specific needs.

Treatment Structure

Patients will receive individual, group and family interventions as outlined by their individualized treatment plan. During treatment, patients are provided with a thorough psychiatric assessment, medication management, therapeutic interventions and discharge planning services to set them on a course of outpatient services. The behavioral health care team consisting of psychiatrists, social workers and nursing staff work with patients to assist them in learning new coping strategies and enhanced life skills.

Family Participation

The behavioral health care team at Stormont-Vail treats the whole person and recognize the relationships between patients and their families, friends, peers and the community are intrinsic components to healthy living.

Visiting hours

  • Monday through Sunday – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.


All commercial insurance companies are contacted for benefits and pre-authorizations. Medicare and Medicaid are approved providers for the Senior Diagnostic Unit.