Psychotic Disorders Unit

Medical Director: Sunil Khushalani, M.D.

Service Chief: Edward Zuzarte, M.D.

Unit Manager: Barbara Aro

Admission Information: 410-938-3800

Visiting Hours: 5 - 7 p.m. daily, 2 - 7 p.m. on holidays

The Psychotic Disorders Unit at Sheppard Pratt Health System consists of a 21-bed inpatient unit that treats patients with psychotic illnesses, including Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, as well as Neuropsychiatric Disorders. Patients are treated under the expert care of experienced and competent psychiatrists, nursing, and other clinical staff.

With an average length of stay of between 10 and 14 days, the Psychotic Disorders Unit is unique as it is one of the few specialized units across the country that specifically cares for patients with psychotic illnesses. Services on our unit include:

  • Psychopharmacology (medical treatments), the most important of which is Clozapine 
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) 
  • Psychotherapy 
  • Educational groups 
  • Family therapy 
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Occupational therapy

Patients are treated by one of four inter-disciplinary teams on this unit. Led by a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of these illnesses, other members of the treatment team include psychiatric nurses, social workers, and activity therapists. The unit also has an active teaching program, with a regular rotation of psychiatric residents, medical students, nursing, and activity students from the University of Maryland, Towson University, and other institutions.

This specialized unit works closely with various outpatient programs to provide patients with an appropriate level of supervision and care after discharge from the unit. One such program is a specialized Day Program at Sullivan Day Hospital, located on the same Towson Campus, for the treatment of patients with psychotic illnesses. The unit also has a system where patients are discharged to a step down Crisis Beds housing program, where they continue to receive medication supervision and monitoring before returning to their own home setting. This “step down” from our Inpatient Unit to the Crisis Beds and/or the Sullivan Day Program is a unique discharge planning option to support patients, rarely provided by other health systems.

Click here to view a video from our service chief.