South Sound Behavioral Now Offering Partial Hospitalization Program

In order to better help treat our patients and provide the highest quality of care, we are proud to announce we now offer a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).

What is the Partial Hospitalization Program?

After a patient has gone through our inpatient and outpatient care – there will now be an extra level of support we are able to provide. For those who might not be confidently ready to end services, PHP provides additional support to gradually transition out of care with ease.

Still dedicated to not disrupting the flow of daily life, PHP allows for patients to independently live at a pace that allows them to feel more comfortable and in control of their treatment process.

Want more information on this service we are introducing? We’re happy to provide more details – contact us, today!

South Sound Behavioral Hospital Hosting Monthly Lunch & Learn

This coming December, we are excited to announce we will be hosting a monthly lunch & learn session. In an attempt to bring mental health to the forefront of the conversation, we will be creating a welcoming and open environment to constructively discuss valuable topics.

This great event is implemented to educate community partners on:

  • Our programs & general overviews
  • Our referral process and how it works
  • Becoming a trusted member for treatment of families and loved ones

Are you interested in learning more or have questions? We have resources that are fantastic for community members to refer to.

Our programs include:

What disorders do we treat?

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Acute Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia Symptoms
  • And more!

If you’re interested in learning more about the referral process, or supporting a loved one, contact us for more valuable information!

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Seasonal Affective Disorder vs. “Winter Blues”: Are They the Same?

It’s natural to feel a bit sluggish and sleepy during the winter. After all, the days are shorter, and cooler temperatures tend to keep us cooped up inside. But for many people, this “hibernation mode” may be a seasonal form of depression called seasonal affective disorder. So how do you know if what you’re experiencing is just a case of the “winter blues” or a mental health issue? Here are some signs to look out for.

The Winter Blues

Dreary winter days can leave us feeling tired and not very motivated. This is likely due to shorter daylight hours, which can interfere with our circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycles) as well as levels of serotonin and melatonin, which regulate moods and induce sleep, respectively. It’s not surprising, then, that the winter blues are characterized by feelings of sadness and lethargy, causing us to sleep more. Many of those who feel down during the winter find that they’re feeling less social than they do during spring and summer. The winter blues, however, don’t interfere with a person’s ability to function.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Suffering from seasonal affective disorder is more serious than the winter blues. The two most common indicators of SAD are overeating and oversleeping. People who have seasonal depression may experience negative emotions for most of the day, feeling hopeless and sometimes even suicidal. They tend to withdraw from family and friends and lose interest in activities they normally enjoy. If you constantly feel lethargic and have difficulty concentrating at school or work during the colder months of the year and seasonal disorder may be the culprit. Symptoms are persistent and can be severe enough to interfere with your work, relationships, and daily activities.

Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment

SAD treatment may include 30 – 60 minutes a day of light therapy, usually in the morning. You can purchase a lightbox that mimics natural light and can help reset your internal clock. Many people report that their symptoms improve with lifestyle changes such as spending more time outside, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet that includes sources of Vitamin D.

If lifestyle adjustments don’t help and your symptoms persist or intensify, it may be time to seek professional help. South Sound Behavioral Hospital offers comprehensive mental health treatment services that may include in-patient or partial hospitalization and outpatient therapy. Contact us to schedule an evaluation.

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South Sound Behavioral Hospital Announces Opening

Lacey, Washington, July 16, 2019 – Washington has a new state-of-the-art hospital to treat specialized mental health issues. Located in the Woodland Square District of Lacey, Washington, a suburb of Olympia, South Sound Behavioral Hospital is open and offering a full continuum of psychiatric care with 108 new beds.

“We continue to build on US HealthVest’s history of developing new hospitals to meet the urgent need for behavioral healthcare,” said Richard Kresch, M.D., President and CEO of US HealthVest. “At South Sound Behavioral Hospital, we are delivering specialized psychiatric care in one of the most innovative behavioral hospitals in the country today.”

South Sound Behavioral Hospital provides behavioral health services to all patients, regardless of ability to pay. Comprehensive services include free 24/7 assessments, inpatient care and outpatient services. Units are designed to treat the growing needs of unique populations including youth, military and veterans, geriatric, women’s and dual diagnosis.

South Sound Behavioral Hospital is US HealthVest’s second hospital in Washington, contributing to an integrated delivery system. With Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital in Marysville and South Sound Behavioral Hospital in Lacey, US HealthVest has a broad geographic reach with comprehensive service offerings and solid relationships with payors and providers in Western Washington.

US HealthVest transformed a formerly vacant office building into a modern behavioral hospital offering a safe and therapeutic environment. The 78,000 square foot facility has four floors with warm and open spaces. Shared amenities include activity rooms, therapy spaces and a dining area, along with indoor and outdoor recreational spaces. South Sound Behavioral Hospital adds to the revitalization of the vibrant Woodland Square District in Lacey with the addition of over 200 high quality jobs. For more information, please visit

About US HealthVest

US HealthVest is an innovative provider of behavioral healthcare services focused in the Chicago, Atlanta and Seattle markets. US HealthVest operates Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital, South Sound Behavioral Hospital, Chicago Behavioral Hospital, Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital, Lake Behavioral Hospital, Ridgeview Institute-Smyrna, Ridgeview Institute – Monroe and is developing additional psychiatric hospitals across the country. Accredited by The Joint Commission, US HealthVest’s hospitals provide specialized psychiatric care to patients with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. US HealthVest was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Kresch, formerly Founder & CEO of Ascend Health Corporation and Heartland Health Developments. For more information, please visit


Richard Kresch, M.D.

President and CEO

US HealthVest

(212) 243-5565