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Arkansas State Hospital

The Arkansas State Hospital (ASH) is the only state operated acute psychiatric inpatient hospital. 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 Joint Commission (JC). The hospital has nine units and 222 patient beds in three service areas: General Adult, Forensic, and Adolescent.

General Adult Service

The General Adult Service area is comprised of three units for persons 18 years of age and older.  To be admitted to this area an individual must first be screened by one of the 12 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 DAABHS that responsibility, authority, and accountability for client services should be at the local level.

Forensic Service

The Forensic Service area is comprised of four 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.

Adolescent Service

The Adolescent Service area is comprised of two units: a co-educational program for adolescents 13 to 17 years of age who are in need of acute or residential psychiatric care and a 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 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.

Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (not availble for 2020-2021)

Psychology Doctoral Internship Program

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SMI Psychology Fellowship

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Patient Visitation

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Arkansas State Hospital Client Charge Master

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*Disclaimer: These prices represent ASH’s standard charges and do not necessarily represent the patient’s out-of-pocket expense. The actual patient responsibility can vary significantly due to a variety of reasons, including patient insurance benefits or financial assistance. If you would like to obtain an estimate of patient liability for a service, please contact the Annette Farrar at 501-251-6399.



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Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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