Our Facility Overview


About Us

Central Desert Behavioral Health Center is a 26-bed inpatient center offering advanced programming and services for the treatment of behavioral health illness for older adults. The center provides professional care for individuals who are experiencing a wide range of emotional, social and behavioral needs affecting the healthy function of their daily lives. Mental health disorders affect at least 17% of individuals age 55 or older and the risk for depression is four times greater than that of the general population*. Due to the presence of other medical conditions, depression and other mental disorders often go undiagnosed in older patients.

Our Older Adult Inpatient Program offers a secure healing environment for adults who face psychiatric or emotional issues requiring hospitalization.

Our programs are medically supervised by an independent Board Certified Geriatric Psychiatrist and a team of trained behavioral health professionals. Our staff includes: Independent psychiatrists, Registered Nurses, Licensed Social Workers, Recreational Therapists, and Mental Health Technicians.


Why Choose Us?

Our Older Adult Inpatient Program offers a secure healing environment for adults who face psychiatric or emotional issues requiring hospitalization. This program is customized for adults age 50 and older who suffer from many different types of mental illness and/or Dementia related concerns. Our priority is aimed at the best patient care possible for each patient through an integrated clinical practice. Our professionals are trained to care for individuals experiencing a wide range of emotional, social and behavioral needs affecting the healthy function of their daily lives.

We Are Here For You

Mental health disorders affect at least 17% of older individuals and the risk for depression is four times greater than that of the general population (Gum, King-Kallimanis, Kohn 2009). Due to the presence of other medical conditions, depression and other mental disorders often go undiagnosed in older patients.

To learn more about our programs or to refer a client, please call (505) 243-3387.



Our Staff

Patients admitted to Central Desert Behavioral Health Center benefit from the combined experience of our interdisciplinary care team. Our professionals are trained to care for individuals experiencing a wide range of emotional, social and behavioral needs affecting the healthy function of their daily lives. Additionally, these professionals handle co-occurring medical conditions that are many times excluded by other behavioral health facilities, such as dehydration, urinary tract infections, indwelling urinary catheters, colostomies and feeding tubes.

Our interdisciplinary team consists of an independent Board-Certified Geriatric Psychiatrist and a professionally-trained team of behavioral health professionals.

  • Independent Psychiatrists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Social Workers
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors
  • Activities Therapists
  • Mental Health Technicians
  • Business Office (Financial Services)