• Acute Inpatient Treatment at J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center

    The J. Kent McNew Family Medical Center is a stand-alone mental health facility that provides both inpatient and outpatient mental health services.

    It includes an acute inpatient mental health unit, a psychiatric day hospital (also referred to as a partial hospitalization program), and intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment. Our providers also coordinate with community providers to get you the care you need. The McNew Medical Center shares a campus with Pathways. Pathways opened in 1992 and provides detox, residential and outpatient substance use services.


  • Acute inpatient mental health treatment represents an intensive level of psychiatric care. The McNew Medical Center inpatient mental health unit is a short-term psychiatric treatment program that accepts both voluntary and involuntary patients from ages 18 and up that meet admission criteria.

    The McNew Medical Center is not an emergency facility and we are unable to receive walk-in patients. If you are experiencing a medical or mental health crisis, please call 911

    Patients are admitted to the inpatient unit upon referral from a hospital’s emergency department when a patient has presented voluntarily or on an emergency petition, has received an emergency psychiatric assessment, and has met criteria for admission. 

    We understand how important immediate care is during a mental health crisis. Emergency psychiatric services are provided on a 24-hour basis in our Emergency Department at Anne Arundel Medical Center.


    Length of stay will be individualized and based on clinical criteria for admission and continuing stay. The average length of stay is five to seven days.

    Our team uses a variety of therapies, which are individualized to meet each patient’s unique needs. Available services include, but are not limited to:

    • Assessment and treatment by a psychiatrist and other care team members
    • Individual support and therapy
    • Group therapy
    • Family involvement, education and therapy
    • Psychoeducation groups
    • Occupational therapy
    • Goal setting/skills development
    • Expressive therapies

    For the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community, the visitor restrictions below have changed. Please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for updates.

    We welcome visitors to the building who have a reason to be there. These visitors include family members and significant others who are involved with treatment, assuming the patient’s agreement.

    Hours are as follows:  
    Monday through Friday: 6:30 -8 pm
    Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 1-2:30 pm, 6:30 -8 pm