Comprehensive mental healthcare for adults in Kansas City

Your mental health and emotional wellbeing are important, regardless of age, gender or circumstance. At the Research Psychiatric Center, our highly-trained psychologists and psychiatrists specialize in helping you find stability and resilience despite the stress that life can bring.

Whether you are confronting depression, anxiety, addiction, grief or another challenge to your mental health, we are here to help you find relief and healing. We are proud to be able to offer a range of treatment options so we can work with you to create a treatment plan that works best for you.

If you or a loved one are in need of mental health services, you can schedule outpatient assessment with our team.

Outpatient mental health

We understand that everyone who comes to us for care is an individual with unique circumstances. That’s why our outpatient mental health program provides support that can be adjusted to what you specifically need. We offer two primary lines of care: our intensive outpatient program (IOP) and our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).

Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

IOP features professional mental healthcare integrated with your daily life. This program is best for people who have obligations to work and family who also need extra support from a team of psychologists, therapists and other behavioral health professionals. IOP exists so that you can receive the help you need while also maintaining your regular daily activities like work, school and other events.

The services IOP provides include:

  • Behavioral skills training to overcome challenges
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Family-centered participation once a week
  • Group therapy three evenings a week with licensed therapists
  • Medication evaluation and management, if needed
  • Psychiatric evaluation

The Intensive Outpatient Program is there to help you build structure and resilience into your life so that you can return to normal, everyday activities with newfound knowledge and skills. Our goal is to make sure that you create new patterns for yourself that keep you safe, happy and healthy for a lifetime.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our Partial Hospitalization Program runs Monday through Friday, 8:30am. to 3pm. It is our highest level of outpatient care, and is built to help people who need regular high-quality support from our team as well as the daily support of friends and family. PHP is designed so that you or your loved one come to us for therapy, medication management and other forms of behavioral care during the day, and then return home in the evenings.

Most people who come to us through PHP are either transitioning out of inpatient care, or they are finding it difficult to live and function with their ongoing anxiety, depression, addiction or other mental health conditions. If you are in the partial hospitalization program you will most likely visit us daily for about a week. During treatment, you’ll receive the care you need through regular small-group therapy sessions, education and medication if needed.

Some of the other forms of therapy you will likely encounter during PHP include:

  • Anger management
  • Behavioral modification
  • Cognitive group therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) concepts and interventions
  • Family education
  • Identifying and developing coping skills
  • Medication management
  • Psychoeducation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Relapse prevention and intervention techniques
  • Relaxation techniques

The purpose of PHP is to help you return to the stability you need to enjoy your normal daily routine, and to provide a foundation that you can grow from and expand upon once you have left our care. We want our patients to depart from PHP with a stronger, happier future ahead of them.

Dual diagnosis

Mental health and substance use are closely related issues. A person with a dual diagnosis may have problems or concerns related to their mental health and those related to drug and/or alcohol use. People, at times, are in a position where they are given only the choice to treat either the mental health issue or substance abuse. Our goal at Research Psychiatric Center is to treat both simultaneously. Integrating treatment for mental health and substance abuse will speed the healing, inspire hope, and allow the individual to engage with those in similar situations.

This program is for those 18 years old and older with mental health as their primary diagnosis. The program offers:

  • Evaluation by a psychiatrist and individual treatment plans
  • Medication management and medication-assisted treatment when needed
  • Group therapy with a licensed clinician three evenings weekly
  • Psychoeducation on mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Behavioral skills training to overcome dual diagnosis
  • For an assessment, please call (816) 235-8133

Understanding inpatient mental healthcare versus outpatient mental healthcare

It can sometimes be difficult to understand what kind of care you or someone close to you needs, especially since mental health is a complicated landscape that can change from day to day. To put it simply, our outpatient services work best if you feel you need support, but can continue to function at home or at work. Inpatient care is there for people who feel that they are no longer safe on their own, and think that they are in danger of hurting themselves or someone else.

To learn more about what form of care is best for you or someone close to you, or to schedule an assessment, please call us at: (816) 444-8161.

To arrange for an assessment online, please visit our patient scheduling portal.

Additional specialized services we provide

The Research Psychiatric Center is fortunate to be able to provide you and those you care for with highly specialized care that is built around your needs and circumstances. Our mission is to make sure that the support you receive works for you and with you, so that you can get back to living a happy, stable life.

Vine Unit

The Vine Unit offers 24-hour psychiatric care and an active, intensive therapy program to help you find stability when facing conditions like acute depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, as well as providing treatment for adjustment disorders and substance abuse issues. Here, you are in command of your treatment, and your active engagement with therapy is the core of your healing and recovery.

The Vine Unit’s program features a full day of treatment, including group and individual therapy and daily visits with a psychiatrist to discuss medication management. Rather than waiting for a follow-up appointment after an initial evaluation, patients with busy lifestyles can immediately address problems and receive accelerated treatment.

Learn more about intensive therapy and the Vine Unit at the Research Psychiatric Center:

The Treatment Mall

The Treatment Mall at Research Psychiatric Center offers you greater ownership and choice in your specific treatment plan. We believe that you know yourself best, and that you should be able to pursue therapies that work best for you and your circumstances.

The programs at the Treatment Mall help you reach your specific treatment goals through participation in group therapy. The tracks we offer include thought disorders, mood disorders, chemical addiction, trauma, grief, depression, pain and anxiety.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Though the name ‘electroconvulsive therapy’ or sometimes ‘electroshock therapy’ can seem upsetting, many people who struggle with severe mental conditions find ECT to be tremendously beneficial. ECT is only used when someone doesn’t seem to find relief from mental disorders via medication and therapy. Electroconvulsive therapy acts as a way to target and change the parts of your brain that cause conditions like severe depression, psychosis and mania and relieve those symptoms. ECT is always conducted under the supervision of a multispecialty team of professionals who are there to keep you safe throughout treatment. You can learn more about ECT on our electroconvulsive therapy page.