Message from the Chair: Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System

The Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System, which was created by a landmark integration in October 2013, offers exciting new opportunities for psychiatric clinical care, research, and education. Composed of one medical school, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and seven hospital campuses—including The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn—the new system represents a significant expansion of our footprint in New York City.

System-wide mental health services will be coordinated under the aegis of the newly formed Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System. This entity serves as an integrated platform for psychiatric care with standardized practices across the system, as well as geographically specialized centers of excellence. Although certain functions are being centralized (e.g., admissions intake process), each site will have its own areas of concentration. For example, St. Luke’s Hospital will continue to provide an array of addiction services, while experiencing growth in its child and adolescent services. Similarly, Beth Israel Hospital’s geriatric services will be enhanced and integrated with complementary programs at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Here are some highlights regarding the size and scope of the Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System.

  • Inpatient: 282 inpatient psychiatry beds across four hospital sites in Manhattan and 136 addiction beds (418 total inpatient beds).
  • Emergency Services: Three comprehensive psychiatry emergency programs and one psychiatric emergency room.
  • Outpatient: In 2012, there were approximately 300,000 combined psychiatry outpatient visits and 1.3 million methadone maintenance visits.
  • Residents and Fellows: 189 residents and fellows across three adult residency programs, two child & adolescent programs, three psychosomatic medicine programs, two geriatric psychiatry programs, and two addiction psychiatry programs.
  • Faculty: 106 full-time faculty members at Mount Sinai; 60 at St. Luke’s-Mount Sinai West, and 31 at Beth Israel (197 total full-time faculty). Most will hold academic appointments at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

This new integrated health system for mental health, which spans much of Manhattan, provides opportunities for delivering new models of clinical care, expanded educational experiences, and establishing clinical research infrastructure on a large scale. One of the greatest benefits of the merger for Mount Sinai’s mental health services is the wealth of addiction treatment programs brought on board by St. Luke’s-Mount Sinai West and Beth Israel. Accordingly, an area of immediate opportunity is research into better treatments for addiction. For addictions, psychotic disorders, affective disorders and other major neuropsychiatric disorders, we are building a research framework on top of a solid clinical foundation. By aligning our research and clinical programs, we will maximize the potential of this health system to advance clinical care.

Wayne K. Goodman, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health System
Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai