Letter from Alan I. Green, M.D.
The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Department of Psychiatry is a major provider of psychiatric care in Northern New England. The Department provides direct psychiatric services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and at a number of other sites, including Hanover Psychiatry, the New Hampshire Hospital (in Concord, NH), the White River Junction VA Medical Center (in White River Junction, Vermont) and the Riverview Hospital (in Augusta, Maine). In addition, the Department has partnership arrangement with many mental health programs throughout the region to deliver specialized, evidence based care.
As a component of Geisel School of Medicine, the Department has training programs in psychiatry and psychology, and fellowship programs in child psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, sleep medicine, neuropsychiatry, behavioral medicine, neuropsychology and neuroimaging. In addition, the Department is a site of cutting edge translational research: nineteen members of the Department are currently principal investigators on externally funded research grants or contracts—from federal, state, foundation or industry sources. These Principal Investigators, along with dozens of their collaborators locally and across the country, are engaged in cutting edge science, ranging from animal research, to neuroimaging, to proof of concept clinical trials, effectiveness studies and health services research. The major disease areas of research focus within the Department include: the Department include: schizophrenia and other serious mental illness, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, autism, ADHD, depression, Alzheimers Disease, psycho-oncology and multiple sclerosis.
I encourage you to look through our website to learn more about our work to serve those individuals within our region and beyond who have psychiatric disorders, to train new practitioner and investigators, and to advance the field by expanding new knowledge.
Alan I. Green
Alan I. Green, M.D.
Raymond Sobel Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Geisel School of Medicine
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
About The Department
The Department of Psychiatry’s clinical practice at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is called Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates (DHPA). Through DHPA, we offer a range of mental health and addiction services to adults, elders, children and their families.
DHPA clinical services offered include:
- Crisis and Consultation Services
- Addiction Treatment Program
- Substance Use Intensive Outpatient Program
- Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program
- Sleep Medicine
- Inpatient Services
- Adult Outpatient Services
- Anxiety Disorders Service
- Behavioral Medicine
- Mood Disorders Service
- Neuropsychological Testing
- Psychotherapy Services
- Child Outpatient Services
- Geriatric Psychiatry
Services at NH Hospital
Started in 1842, the New Hampshire Hospital provides a range of specialized diagnostic and therapeutic services for individuals with major mental illnesses related to thought, mood and behavior (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, attention and conduct disorders) that are in need of acute mental health care. The Hospital advocates for and provides responsible psychiatric services, which support an individual’s recovery toward an authentic sense of personal meaning and optimum health. Its work is directed toward evidence based practices and sharing outcomes that improve the mental health of individuals served. Currently operating 158 beds, the Hospital includes over 2000 admissions per year with half of its patients discharged within ten days.
Under statutory authority, New Hampshire Hospital provides a wide range of psychiatric services utilizing an Interdisciplinary Treatment Plan Model. A team of mental health professionals is assigned to each patient admitted.
The team works with the patient, members of the patient’s family and community treatment team to design a unique, flexible treatment plan for that person. In collaboration with community mental health centers, a comprehensive, individualized discharge plan is developed for each patient. Hospital staff meets with consumer groups and have and active relationship with the New Hampshire Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
The New Hampshire Hospital employees approximately 600 staff members. Administrative and support personnel compliment specialized nursing and clinical staff. A full staff of Board Certified Psychiatrists work onsite through a contractual agreement with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Department of Psychiatry.
Patients’ needs include access to services; safety and sensitivity in daily care; skill and attentiveness from all clinical providers; timely, helpful therapies; accommodation of family needs and visits; a clean, restful environment; adequate food and nutrition; timely, clear aftercare planning and an overall feeling of improvement on discharge.
The Hospital remains committed to developing patient care strategies that ensure a continued presence as a center of excellence within an integrated system of community based care.