Behavioral Health Services

St. Bernards Behavioral Health offers private, not-for-profit, hospital-owned mental and behavioral health services. Located in Jonesboro, Arkansas as two distinctly separate entities, St. Bernards Behavioral Health Services and St. Bernards Counseling Center fall under the Behavioral Health umbrella, together offering a complete continuum of psychiatric care and therapy services.

Behavioral Health Services

The 60-bed acute care psychiatric unit provides treatment for adult and geriatric patients that suffer from behavioral and mental health disorders. In order to provide superior psychiatric care to our patients in a safe and comfortable setting, the adults and geriatrics are segregated into two separate areas of the unit with 32 beds allocated for the adult population (18 to 64 years of age) and 28 beds for the geriatric population (65 years and older). Our highly skilled and comprehensive staff including four on site Psychiatrists, nurses and licensed therapists develop treatment plans for patients on an individual basis always with regard for dignity and privacy. For more information, please call (870) 932-2800.

Outpatient Counseling Center

St. Bernards Counseling Center located at 615 East Matthews in Jonesboro, Arkansas offers outpatient counseling and a variety of therapy options for individuals of all ages including after-care for former Behavioral Health patients. With four psychiatrists, a psychologist, five Master’s level therapists and an advanced practice nurse on staff, St. Bernards Counseling Center can provide a very comprehensive and thorough continuum of care.

St. Bernards Counseling Center offers an Intensive Outpatient Program for people with alcohol and drug problems that do not require inpatient care.  It is a comprehensive and highly individualized program that goes beyond regular outpatient therapy enabling participants to get the help they need while living at home and continuing employment.

An Employee Assistance program (EAP) is also available through St. Bernards Counseling Center. EAP is an employer funded benefit that provides employees and their families with private face-to-face counseling services. St. Bernards EAP provides support to those dealing with everyday problems excessive stress, parenting issues or divorce. Currently St. Bernards EAP contracts with 40 companies in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri and covers around 38,000 lives.

For more information on St. Bernards Counseling Center or any of our Behavioral Health Services programs, please give us a call at (870) 930-9090.

Eating Disorders Program

Approximately 10 million females and 1 million males suffer from eating disorders. Unlike many diseases and conditions, there are no risk factors for eating disorders - they affect individuals across all ethnic, economic and cultural groups. The following facts highlight the dangers of eating disorders as well as the consequence if they are left untreated.

  • Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.
  • 10-20% of those diagnosed with anorexia nervosa will die from complications secondary to this eating disorder.
  • Long-term complications associated with eating disorders include bone density loss and damage to the heart, kidneys and digestive tract.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, the St. Bernards Eating Disorders Clinic in Jonesboro, Arkansas can help. Our team includes a counselor, psychiatrist, dietician and medical monitoring staff and provides comprehensive treatment focused on healing both the body and mind. Services offered by the Eating Disorders Program include:

  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Family support
  • Dietary Guidance
  • Psychiatric Care and Support
  • Coordination of medical care
  • Intensive group-based treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs
  • Maudsley Family Based Treatment for kids and adolescents

The St. Bernards Eating Disorders Clinic offers a comprehensive Eating Disorders Program that provides treatment to patients of all ages based on their individual needs. With a focus on the biological, environmental and cognitive aspects of eating disorders, St. Bernards provides therapeutic treatment to patients diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and other disorders involving anxiety or depressions related to eating.

Our team utilizes a combination of individual, family and group therapy, nutritional support, psychiatric care and close medical monitoring in an integrated approach to treatment. We also offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) when additional therapy is needed. This program includes group skills training, meal support and individual counseling sessions.

If you or a loved one has been experiencing anxiety related to eating and/or body image, the Eating Disorders Program can provide an assessment to begin the healing process. For more information call St. Bernards Eating Disorders at (870) 930-9090, or by calling the Crisis Line at (800) 800-0496.

Speaker Bureau

Members of St. Bernards Behavioral Health Services Speaker’s Bureau are available to address both community and professional groups to educate audiences on behavioral and mental health issues, treatment options and other services available through St. Bernards Behavioral Health. We ask that you give us two to three weeks advanced notice in scheduling a speaker. For more information, please contact stbernards@sbrmc.org or (870) 207-7300.