LPPH Inpatient Program

The Inpatient Program at Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital is a 30-bed acute psychiatric service. We use a biopsychosocial approach in the treatment of adults ages 18 years and older who suffer from severe behavioral and emotional disturbances.

The unit operates 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. Emphasis is placed on the assessment and stabilization of illness exacerbations with referral to appropriate sub-acute services following discharge. The average hospital stay is approximately eight days.


Admission is arranged by a referral from a mental health clinician. The referring clinician may call (415) 502-0000 for more information.


Complete diagnostic evaluations are performed as indicated by individual patient needs. The treatment program routinely offers individual, group, and milieu therapies, and family meetings are arranged as appropriate. Medication management and electroconvulsive therapy are available.

Medical, psychological, spiritual, and other consultative services are also provided. Evaluations and treatment are performed by clinician trainees under the direct supervision of faculty members.