The Rio Grande Program

Geriatric Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Services

Rio Grande

Aging brings on many challenges. Decreased physical and mental capabilities, the loss of loved ones and reduced independence can mean significant changes in the lives of seniors. A sudden or prolonged change in mood may indicate a presence of mental illness.  In some cases, severe behavioral disturbances can co-occur with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Sometimes specialized care is needed, and that’s where Haven can help.

Senior patients experiencing acute changes in mental status or behavioral problems may be admitted to Haven’s safe and nurturing 34-bed Rio Grande Program, where they are assessed and treated by an interdisciplinary team of professionals. The interdisciplinary team will monitor the patient’s progress and ensure that the patient receives a customized recovery plan for treatment of their mental illness to stabilize their condition. The goal of inpatient care is to return our patients to their best possible level of health so they may continue to be treated safely as an outpatient.

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The Rio Grande Geriatric Adult Unit at Haven is designed to treat acute mental health disorders in adults age 55 and over. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance. Personalized treatment is provided utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, including active participation in group therapy, individual therapy and activity therapy. Patients and families receive education on specific disorders, medications and effective coping strategies.

Our treatment team consists of a medical director, geriatric psychiatrists, medical doctors, psychologists, pharmacists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, a clinical dietitian and a recreation therapist. The treatment team works together to formulate and implement an individualized treatment plan.

Services Offered Include:

  • Comprehensive Geriatric Psychiatric Assessment
  • Individualized Treatment Plan
  • Individual, Group and Family Psychotherapy
  • Symptom Management
  • Medication Management & Education
  • Nutritional Consultation
  • Art & Expressive Therapies
  • Pet Therapy
  • Reminiscent Therapy
  • Therapeutic Exercise/Stress Reduction
  • Pastoral Counseling.
  • Discharge & Aftercare Planning


To make a referral to The Rio Grande Program, call 505-254-4502.

The Rio Grande Program at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque
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