Mental health treatment for adults in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Medical Center Bayview provides behavioral health services for adults 18 years old and older. Our program is designed to both challenge patients and support them as they work toward healing and recovery.

Our professionals provide patient evaluation, support and education about mental illness in a positive nurturing environment. A psychiatrist heads the treatment team of experienced mental health professionals, including registered nurses, therapists, social workers, mental health technicians and case managers.

We're here to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (361) 986-8200.


Corpus Christi Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission for its behavioral health program, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm.

Conditions we treat

Many behavioral health issues can be treated with therapy, medications or a combination of both. Sometimes these problems become more complicated and need treatment either more often or with a different approach.

We can help adults dealing with such issues, including:

  • Depression and bipolar disorder—These mood disorders affect many people when their feelings of sadness or loss interfere with everyday life. Both depression and bipolar disorder are treated with medications or talk therapy.
  • Anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the U.S., according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America. One of the most common is PTSD, which occurs after a stressful experience such as combat, natural disasters or violent crime.
  • Anger management—Some people have trouble controlling the intensity of their anger responses. The goal in treating these patients is to reduce both the emotions and physical arousal involved in anger and to better manage it.
  • Suicidal thoughts—If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.
  • Violence or self-harm—People can have self-injurious behaviors like cutting or may harm others. We help treat this behavior as well as address any underlying concerns that may be present.
  • Schizophrenia—Patients may experience sensations of voices or images that are not there. We treat schizophrenia conditions for patients 55 years old or older.

Our behavioral health programs for adults

Corpus Christi Medical Center Bayview provides adult behavioral health inpatient and outpatient services. We have specialized programs for seniors and women.

Adult inpatient programs

Our overall goal with inpatient care is to provide stabilization services in a safe, therapeutic environment, returning patients to their homes as soon as possible. We help adults dealing with such behavioral health concerns and provide the following services:

  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Inpatient trauma-focused treatment
  • Medication management
  • Support services and aftercare

For patients in our inpatient addiction program who also have a mental health condition, we provide dual diagnosis treatment so we can address both conditions and provide patients with the tools they need to succeed.

Adult outpatient programs

People can join our outpatient programs as new patients or as part of their transition from our inpatient program. Our goal is to provide patients with long-term stability.

We offer two types of outpatient programs: an intensive outpatient program and a partial hospitalization program.

Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

Our partial hospitalization program offers a goal-oriented treatment approach to chronic mental health patients with a general psychiatric disorder or a dual diagnosis, mental illness and substance abuse.

The program offers a full-day treatment program as an alternative to 24-hour hospitalization, provided patients are not considered a risk to themselves or others.

Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program is offered three to five days a week for three hours per day. The program provides a structured setting for patients dealing with psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders and other conditions.

Patients meet in group therapy three days a week and with a doctor every two weeks. Our goal is stability—to help patients return to the community, to assist those on step-down care, or to gain enough structure in their lives to lessen the need for inpatient admission.