Thomas Jefferson University

Clinical Programs

The Thomas Jefferson University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior offers an extensive array of services for patients of all ages. Services include general adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, substance abuse services, and consultation-liaison services. See below for descriptions of our various programs.

Visit the Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience more clinical information regarding the Department's services.

Adult Services

Inpatient Adult

The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital operates a 16 bed general adult inpatient unit. This unit offers intensive psychiatric care to individuals, including patients with underlying medical complications. A multidisciplinary treatment approach is used in which patients receive the benefit of working with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and occupational/recreational therapists. Extensive evaluation of treatment needs is performed for all individuals and typically includes pharmacotherapy, individual and group therapy, and milieu treatment in an intensive setting.

If you are seeking to schedule an admission, call (215) 955-8333.

Inpatient Geriatric

Our inpatient geriatric unit provides geriatric patients with quality multidisciplinary care, thorough individual attention, supportive group therapies, and various amenities to treat age-related conditions, such as Dementia, Depression, Anxiety, and Psychosis. Our distinguished, multidisciplinary team helps patients regain their abilities to function independently, and carefully assesses their readiness to return home or their need for long-term rehabilitation.

  • Multidisciplinary Approach – Our patients receive quality care from attendings in geriatric psychiatry and family medicine. Fellows in geriatric medicine, residents in psychiatry and neurology, experienced nurses, social workers, and specialists in occupational therapy, physical therapy, art therapy, and nutritional counseling also participate in the treatment of our patients.
  • Individual Attention – The facility accommodates a maximum of 12 patients at any given time, ensuring that each patient receives ample individual care.
  • Group Activities – Patients dine together, resulting in constructive social interaction as well as better eating habits. Group therapy sessions in our two community rooms provide residents with exercise for their minds and bodies.
  • Patient-Friendly Design – Wide, tiled hallways make wheelchair and walker usage easier. The unit's walls are painted in soft, warm colors that help to comfort patients and keep them oriented as they travel from room to room.

If you are seeking to schedule an admission, call (215) 955-4771.

Outpatient Programs

Individual, couple, and family therapy are provided by our faculty. We offer psychotherapy and medication management.


The adult consultation-liaison service offers psychiatric consultation for primary care physicians and other medical-surgical specialists at Jefferson. These faculty specialize in patients who have both psychiatric and medical or surgical problems.

For more information or to make a referral, please call (215) 955-8420.

Substance Abuse Programs

The Jefferson Outreach Program

The Jefferson Outreach Program (Outreach) is an outpatient substance abuse recovery program designed specifically for people who are struggling to find recovery from substances while also trying to deal with mental health issues. The program serves individuals who have either initiated or maintained some level of abstinence from substances or demonstrate a level of substance use that does not require more intensive treatment. Program staff focus on empowering people to make a recovery into a process in which they better themselves holistically: psychologically, physically, socially, and spiritually.

To apply to Outreach:
Call (215) 955-8420 
to speak with the Outreach Program Clinician. Assessments can typically be arranged within 24 - 48 hours of a call or referral.

Program Features:

  • Individual counseling;
  • Psychological evaluations;
  • Medication management;
  • Referrals for additional services.

Our office is conveniently located in Center City, on Jefferson Hospital's campus, and is accessible by public transportation. Our address is 833 Chestnut East, which is at the corner of 9th Street and Chestnut Street. We are located on the 2nd floor, Suite 210E, in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

Jefferson Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Program

The Jefferson Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Program (IOP) is an outpatient recovery program that typically spans 12-16 weeks. The IOP offers a recovery-oriented approach to treating people who abuse any substance, including cocaine, alcohol, amphetamines, prescription pills, and marijuana., Recovery is achieved through a personal involvement in group therapy and educational sessions 5 days per week, along with active participation in family centered activity, weekly individual psychotherapy and available psychiatric services, self-help groups, and community involvement opportunities. Program staff focus on empowering the members of the program's "community" to make recovery into a process in which they can better themselves holistically: psychologically, physically, socially, and spiritually.

To apply to IOP:
Call 890-6277 between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM to speak with our intake counselor. Applicants can be seen the same day and most people can initiate treatment within 24–48 hours of calling.

There is no waiting list to enter the Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment Program. Applicants are considered appropriate as long as they are at least 18 years of age, not requiring hospitalization or residential services, and are committed to attending Monday through Friday for several months. This treatment setting and approach is an appropriate step down from detoxification, inpatient care, or rehabilitation treatment.

Twelve-step meetings are available on-site and in the local community. As part of their recovery clients are strongly encouraged to increase their involvement in the 12-step community as well as the greater substance abuse community of Philadelphia as an invaluable source of support and guiding path to a new way of living.

Program Features:

  • Assessment for appropriate level of care;
  • Intensive outpatient group therapy and structured activity groups on five half-days (morning or afternoon) a week for 12 – 16 weeks;
  • Psychiatric and medication assessments;
  • Weekly individual psychotherapy;
  • On-site 12 step meetings;
  • HIV and STD education, testing and counseling;
  • Referrals for additional services;
  • Traditional weekly outpatient services as a step-down;
  • Transit tokens available for eligible clients;
  • Medical Assistance/CBH coverage accepted, alternative coverage (BHSI, self-pay) arranged.

The program is located at 21st Street and Washington Avenue (northeast corner, 2nd floor) in South Philadelphia and the location is convenient to bus and auto routes.

Jefferson Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Program

The Jefferson Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Program (NARP) is an outpatient substance abuse recovery program that specializes in providing treatment to people who are addicted to opiates (such as heroin, oxycontin, percoset, etc.). Recovery is initiated and achieved through regular psychotherapy and available psychiatric services, paired with methadone maintenance therapy to suppress symptoms of opiate withdrawal, decrease cravings, and block the effects of other opiates. Further support and development is found through engagement in on-site psychotherapy groups and peer-run self-help groups, as well as through involvement in the greater substance abuse community.

To apply to NARP:
To initiate an application, call (215) 890-6277 to speak with our intake counselor. Or call (215) 735-5979 between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM and speak to the "officer-of-the-day" to start an application. Most people can be started in the admission process within 48 hours of calling.

To be eligible to participate in this program, applicants must have a minimum of a one year verifiable history of opiate use, supported by a urine drug screen. Applicants must also be over 18 years old, ambulatory, and not in need of residential care. Most importantly, those who want to join our community must be willing to commit to initiating a process of abstinence from substances of abuse, so that rather than transitioning to another form of addiction, they are able to begin holistically healing themselves: psychologically, physically, socially, and spiritually.

Program Features:

  • Individual and group psychotherapies.
  • Family and couples therapy.
  • Medical and psychiatric evaluations.
  • Psychotropic medication management.
  • Referral for medical problems and coordination of care with primary care physicians.
  • Methadone monitoring and maintenance.
  • HIV and STD testing, education and counseling.
  • Ambulatory detoxification and referral for continuing care.
  • Participation in educational informational and advocacy groups.
  • Narcotics Anonymous and Methadone Anonymous meetings on-site.

We are readily accessible via public transportation. Our program is located in South Philadelphia, on the northeast corner of 21st Street & Washington Avenue.

Mood Disorder Center

About Mood Disorders

Mood Disorders are common and potentially serious conditions affecting mood, thinking, physical functioning, etc. The term Mood Disorders covers both Depressive Disorders ("clinical depression") and Bipolar Disorders. Depressive Disorders are characterized by sad or depressed mood, decreased interest in and enjoyment of activities, change in appetite and sleep, increased fatigue, thoughts of worthlessness, hopelessness, and suicide. In Bipolar Disorders, the person suffers from both episodes of clinical depression and of mania or hypomania. Mania, and its milder version – hypomania, are characterized by a period of being either abnormally happy or abnormally irritable continuously for many days along with other symptoms like distractibility, decreased need for sleep, speaking fast and loudly, increased self-esteem, and pursuing pleasurable activities which may lead to problems for the person.

Mood Disorders appear to be caused by a combination of genetic, psychological, and social factors. They may also result from a variety of diseases of the brain (e.g., stroke) or of the body (e.g., hypothyroidism). Treatments for Mood Disorders include medications, psychotherapy (working with psychological and social factors that affect the illness), and in a few cases brain stimulation methods (electroshock therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation).

The Mood Disorders Program

The Mood Disorders Program at Thomas Jefferson University's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior is led by Rajnish Mago, MD, a leading expert on the evaluation and treatment of Mood Disorders. Dr. Mago has published many articles in scientific journals and regularly lectures to medical professionals at a number of medical schools, hospitals, and clinics to educate other doctors about Mood Disorders. Being board certified in Psychiatry as well as in Psychosomatic Medicine, Dr. Mago has special expertise in using medications in patients who have other medical illnesses or are on other medications. He has also conducted many research studies to assess new medications for Mood Disorders. One of his main areas of research is the identification and treatment of adverse effects ("side effects") of medications and therefore, he provides unique expertise in helping patients who have had or are afraid of having adverse effects from medications.

Dr. Mago is regularly interviewed in the media on issues related to Mood Disorders. This has included CNN Headline News, Seeking Solutions with Suzanne, NBC, CBS Channel 3, American Law Journal TV, KYW Newsradio, KCSN Los Angeles, etc. His article on Coping with the Holiday Blues was published in nearly 100 news media outlets including U.S.News & World Report and the Washington Post. December, 2007

The Mood Disorders Program provides psychiatric evaluation to accurately diagnose the person's problem and medication treatment at the most sophisticated level possible. While unfortunately most patients get medication and psychotherapy from separate clinicians, Dr. Mago is one of the few experts who provide psychotherapy in addition to medications, thus being able to integrate both approaches to provide the best possible outcomes. The program also provides detailed "second-opinion" consultations to patients who are being treated by other physicians but continue to have problems. These consultations include a detailed interview, review of records, research as needed, and a report to the treating doctor.

For more information or to make a referral, please call (215) 955-8420.

Child & Adolescent Programs

Outpatient Services focus on the individual child and family needs including problems like depression, anxiety, abuse, behavioral problems and autistic spectrum disorders. We can see children and adolescents of preschool and school age up through high school. The patient's needs are evaluated and care is coordinated with family and primary care physicians as indicated. Individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and medication management services are provided according to the specific needs of the patient. The goal is to help children and their families maximize their functional abilities to be successful in their lives.

For more information or to make a referral, please call (215) 955-8420.