Psychiatry Access Services

Psychiatry Access Services fill the gap between hospital and outpatient care. These programs help people who have been in the hospital or emergency department and need immediate follow-up care or more intensive support than a regular office visit.

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Psychiatry Access Services: 617-665-1356


CHA Cambridge Hospital

PAS Programs

  • Initial Assessment (IA)
    An Initial Assessment is a good step to understanding your needs. During the visit, our team will evaluate you and learn about your past treatment. You may also receive neuropsych testing to better diagnose underlying mental health conditions.

  • Psychiatric Transition Service (PTS)
    If you have been referred to mental health care, but can’t be seen right away, your team may suggest the PTS. This program is flexible, giving you temporary services until you begin an ongoing relationship with a mental health professional.

    Some patients, for example, have just left the hospital or emergency department and need to be seen within a few days. Others have been referred for treatment from their primary care team.

    Common services are short-term case management, medication management and group therapy.

  • Adult Partial Hospital Program
    The partial hospital program is a day program that provides more intensive and frequent services for people at greater need. It may be an alternative to an inpatient hospital stay or a step-down program if you were recently in the hospital.

    Daily group therapy sessions (Monday – Friday, 10 am - 3 pm) help you build skills in coping, communication and assertiveness. Psychiatric consults and medication management are also part of the program. 

Common Conditions

  • Depression
  • Geriatric disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychiatric conditions related to a medical condition
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Major psychiatric illness often co-occurring with substance abuse (dual-diagnosis)