Psychiatric Social Work

Clinical Team Leader: Michael Hyman, LCSW-C

Patient Profile (age range, socioeconomic status)

Social work provides treatment to all patients in inpatient psychiatry regardless of socioeconomic status. However, most of the patients (approximately 90%) are from lower socio-economic areas. Many suffer from the ill effects of poverty.

The adult unit ranges from age 18 to 50.

The geriatric unit ranges from age 51 and on up.

Scope and Complexity of Patient Care Needs

  • Major psychiatric illness
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Homelessness
  • Uninsured/underinsured
  • Substance abuse
  • Non-compliance to treatment
  • Lack of social support
  • Lack of financial support

Strategies to Meet Patient Care Needs

  • Referrals to psychiatric programs throughout the UMMC systems and agencies in the communities including but not limited to targeted case management, psychiatric programs of various intensities, housing programs, substance abuse treatment, and prescription coverage programs
  • Patient education
  • Psychotherapeutic treatment, including individual, family, and group counseling.
  • Coordination of care among healthcare providers.

Extent to Which Care Meets Patients' Needs

  • Addresses issues of non-compliance to psychiatric and medical care.
  • Links patients up with community resources
  • Assists patients with housing, substance abuse treatment, psychiatric treatment, medical treatment, and social services

Most of these needs are addressed to increase the well-being of the patients upon discharge and to help reduce length of stay in the hospital and to decrease recidivism rate of hospitalizations.

Patient Care Providers

Social workers licensed by the State of Maryland at the LGSW level or above.

For patient inquiries or to make an appointment, call 1-800-492-5538.