The Arkansas State Hospital (ASH) is a psychiatric inpatient facility and is a component of the Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS). ASH’s mission is to provide psychiatric services that promote recovery in a safe and caring environment. We are licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and are accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). The hospital has nine units and 226 patient beds in three service areas: General Adult, Forensic, and Adolescent.
General Adult Service
The General Adult Service area is comprised of three, 30-bed units for persons 18 years of age and older. To be admitted to this area an individual must first be screened at one of the 15 community mental health centers (CMHCs) located across the state. The screening for appropriate admission is based on continuity of care and treatment which provides the least restrictive setting. Each CMHC offers an array of services from brief intervention therapies to long-term community support services. The CMHCs offer 24-hour emergency care. If more restrictive care is needed a local hospital or crisis unit, may be contacted. It is the philosophy of DBHS that responsibility, authority, and accountability for client services should be at the local level.
The Forensic Service area is comprised of four 24-bed adult units whose mission is to assess and treat individuals with mental illness who have allegedly committed a crime, and to consult with the Court of Record and Law Enforcement. All persons treated on Forensic Services have been court-ordered for either an evaluation or treatment secondary to the legal charges they have received.
The Adolescent Service area is comprised of two units: an 18 bed co-educational program for adolescents 13 to 17 years of age who are in need of acute or residential psychiatric care and an 18-bed program for adolescent males 13-17 years of age who have committed a sexual offense. Patients may be referred by local CMHCs, other divisions of the Department of Human Services, private treatment providers, or the juvenile courts.
Education and Training
ASH is committed to the education of mental health providers and serves as a training site for nursing, medical, social work, and psychology students and trainees. Many members of our clinical staff serve on the faculties of UAMS and other local universities. Nursing students from several local schools spend clinical time at ASH, and University of Arkansas – Little Rock social work graduate students participate in clinical internships. ASH has a Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Program and a Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. ASH is a clinical site for UAMS's General, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry Residencies, and is the primary clinical site for the UAMS Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program.