Behavioral Health

Behavioral health is a broad term that covers a person’s mental, emotional, and physical health. In other words, it’s how your habits affect your mental and physical well-being, or how your mental and physical well-being affect your behavior. Eating disorders and addictive patterns could be a few examples of behavioral health issues.

If this seems overwhelming, we’re here to help. The caring professionals at RiverValley provide a comprehensive approach to mental and emotional health. When properly treated, behavioral disorders can be managed so that those who suffer from them can still lead balanced, productive lives.

Here are a few of our services:

Acute Hospitalization

RiverValley’s acute care services cater to youth ages 3-18 as a short-term crisis stabilization center. Hospitalization allows qualified staff members the ability to formulate a customized treatment plan for youth who may be a harm to themselves or others around them.

RVBH Hospital Outpatient Clinic

RiverValley’s Children’s Hospital (RVBH-H) is a not-for-profit psychiatric hospital located in Owensboro, KY, designed to provide specialty inpatient services for children and teens ages 5-17. Once they’re admitted, patients receive multiple services to diagnose, treat, and stabilize mental or behavioral health issues in a safe, structured environment while continuing with one-on-one and group counseling, recreational therapy, and medication management during their stay. RVBH-H also houses its own accredited school, gym, and extensive activity areas for recreation.

Physical Health

Jackie Merrill, APRN, FNP
Jackie Merrill, APRN, FNP

RiverValley Behavioral Health understands the importance of integrating physical and behavioral health to enhance outcomes and reduce stigmas. We now offer physical health services to clients ages 12 and up.

Services include wellness exams, sick visits, HIV & Hepatitis testing, STI screening and treatment, management of chronic health conditions, & more.

To schedule an appointment, please call (270) 689-6690 or (800) 769-4920 for TDD/Hearing Impaired.

Payee Services

Payee services are available for adult RiverValley clients receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability. These payee services are designed to help create a sense of stability by paying rent and utilities, providing a grocery allowance, and budgeting income to allow the client to live independently.

Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)

CSU is an 8-bed residential facility in Owensboro that serves as an alternative to hospitalization for those experiencing a mental health crisis. Specifically for adults 18 and over, this treatment program operates a highly-structured program 24/7 in a home-like residence in the community. Only individuals with no serious medical complications and not requiring 24-hour nursing care are eligible.

Crisis & Information Line

RiverValley offers a free and anonymous call line for individuals in any type of crisis. This line can also be accessed via text and chat through RVBH’s web portal and is staffed around the clock with trained crisis call technicians to promptly address client needs.

Peer Support Services

Sometimes it’s nice to hear from someone who’s been in our shoes because we can trust their lived experience. At RiverValley, we call that “peer support services.” These emotional supports are provided by someone living with a behavioral health disorder who shares what they’ve experienced with newly diagnosed adults, children, and families to help them on their journey toward social and personal change.

Mobile Crisis Team (MCT)

For individuals in a mental health or substance use related crisis that can’t get to RiverValley, a Mobile Crisis Team is ready to respond 24/7, 365 days a year. Our MCT is a highly trained team of clinicians, case managers, and peer support professionals that can assess, triage, and provide emergency services for all ages.

Therapeutic Rehabilitation Services (TRP)

TRP provides a person-centered and recovery-oriented series of programs for adults with serious mental illness. With an emphasis on daily living and vocational skills, these programs help the client participate more fully in the community and ultimately prevent more hospitalizations by developing trust, gaining personal insight, and encouraging recovery.

Outpatient Mental Health

Outpatient simply refers to receiving treatment without being admitted into a hospital, usually within a clinic or office setting. To better serve our community, RiverValley has offices in almost every county in our region so we can offer counseling, evaluation, and a variety of services for all ages and issues close to home.

Adult Targeted Case-Management Services

RiverValley provides targeted case management for adults who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. These services are provided to assist the client in receiving the medical, educational, social, and other support services they need to promote independence, develop self-sufficiency, and encourage long-lasting recovery.

HI-Fidelity Wrap Around Services (Hi-Fi)

Designed for families involved with DCBS who have children diagnosed with a severe emotional disability, Hi-Fi services help reduce or eliminate the need for out-of-home placement so that children have a consistent environment by staying in their homes, schools, and communities. Hi-fi services develop individualized plans that are family-driven and youth-guided to meet their needs, achieve positive outcomes, and see an overall improvement in their lives.