Senior Behavioral Health

SRMC Senior Behavioral Health provides short-term (7- 21 days) inpatient services to adults age 55+ who have mental and physical health needs. It is recovery-centered in its approach and strives to help individuals to not only address their mental health needs, but also reconnect with their hopes and personal motivations.

Our goal is to provide a safe, therapeutic environment which allows your loved one to maintain as much normalcy in their everyday routines as possible. The team in the Senior Behavioral Health Unit works in tandem with SRMC medical services to ensure that both medical and psychiatric needs are addressed simultaneously and cohesively.

For more information about SRMC Senior Behavioral Health or to make a referral, please call 505.994.7887

Treatment Program

SRMC Senior Behavioral Health is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team and offers comprehensive services, including:

  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Medication management and physical nursing support
  • Primary therapy
  • Community, family, and group therapies
  • Rehabilitation support
  • Group work and group activities
  • Discharge planning to help older adults and their families prepare to return to the community

For more information about SRMC Senior Behavioral Health or to make a referral, please call 505.994.7887

Admission Criteria and Referrals

The Senior Behavioral Health Unit at SRMC admits individuals who:

  • Are at least 55 years old
    • If an individual is younger than our age qualification, please contact us so that we can assess their compatibility with our environment. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis.
  • Have a primary psychiatric illness
  • Are experiencing a mental health crisis
  • Are medically stable
    • While the unit is able to handle minor medical issues, these must be secondary to the patient’s psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
  • Are able to participate in a structured group program
    • Every patient will need to participate and interact in the group therapy program schedule on a daily basis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to do most Activities of Daily Living with limited assistance

SRMC Senior Behavioral Health would like the process of making a referral to the unit to be as quick and efficient as possible. Please call our referral hotline at 505.994.7887 for more information and assistance in making a referral.

Our Team

SRMC’s Senior Behavioral Health program is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of specialists who are able to care for the unique needs of our patients. Our team includes:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Medical specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Occupational/Recreational therapists
  • Mental health technicians
Aaron Brodsky, MD

Aaron Brodsky, MD

Dr. Aaron Brodsky comes to UNM SRMC after serving as the Medical Director and attending geropsychiatrist at the UNM Psychiatric Center. Dr. Brodsky is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Medicine and a product of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine internship and residency programs in General Adult Psychiatry. In addition to receiving his Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry from the UNM School of Medicine in 2009, Dr. Brodsky also received Board Certification in Psychiatry & Neurology in 2011 and is working to obtain Board Certification in Geriatric Psychiatry this spring.

Dr. Brodsky is excited to expand his responsibilities, reach a growing community, and enhance the development of SRMC’s Senior Behavioral Health unit. “This new opportunity, combined with my continued involvement at the UNM School of Medicine, provides the best of both worlds,” said Dr. Brodsky. “I look forward to getting to know the SRMC community and continuing to grow the geriatric psychiatry specialty and the reach of those we serve.” Outside of work, Dr. Brodsky loves hiking in the Sandias with his fiancé and watching his 2 year old daughter grow. He also enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing the piano.

Facilities and Location

SRMC’s Senior Behavioral Health is a 12-bed inpatient unit with a central day room, space for therapeutic group activities, and a large outdoor patio and garden. The unit has been specifically created for older adults who are experiencing mental health issues and changes in behavior that are interfering with their ability to function or compromising their quality of life.

From the ground up, the unit was designed to accommodate the special needs of elderly patients with diminished physical capabilities.  Every detail in the physical structure of the unit was considered to ensure a secure and safe environment, including modified plumbing and specialty door handles. In addition, the layout of the unit enables staff members to have constant supervision over the safety and well-being of their patients.

The Senior Behavioral Health unit is located on the first floor of UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center.  Please click here for maps and directions to our facilities.

To learn more about the Senior Behavioral Health unit at SRMC, please call 505.994.7887.

Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness

Many of us go through periods of having the “blues” in life, particularly as we get older. However, we may not realize that some of these “normal signs of aging”— such as sadness, mood swings and loss of interest in regular activities—may actually be symptoms of a mental illness which can be diagnosed, treated and alleviated. SRMC Senior Behavioral Health helps older adults and their families to better address these needs and move forward in recovery.

Approximately one in four older adults suffers from serious emotional difficulties related to aging.  Individuals in need of acute psychiatric care may exhibit the following:

  • Depression
  •  Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts, plans, or recent attempt
  • Anger, irritability
  • Threatening behaviors
  • Loneliness, isolation, withdrawal
  • Grave self-neglect
  • Feelings of helplessness or despair
  • Inability to cope with grief or loss
  • Aggressive or assaultive behavior
  • Tearfulness and crying spells
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping

Most emotional illnesses among older people are treatable, especially if addressed early. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms listed, please call us at 505.994.7887.

Meet Dr. Aaron Brodsky