Southcoast Behavioral Health expands services and capacity


DARTMOUTH, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Southcoast Behavioral Health today reinforced its strong commitment to the communities it serves with the addition of a dedicated child and youth behavioral health program, expanding the range of services from 24 to 48 beds. This is the second bed expansion since the hospital opened in 2015. The first 24-bed expansion took place in 2019, providing a dual diagnostic (substance use disorder) unit. Expected completion of this expansion is the first half of 2023. Southcoast Behavioral Health is operated through a joint venture partnership between Southcoast Health and Acadia Healthcare.

Located in Dartmouth, MA, Southcoast Behavioral Health is one of New England’s leading inpatient behavioral health care providers. Easily accessible from Cape Cod, Boston and Rhode Island, Southcoast Behavioral Health offers compassionate care and hope to children, adolescents, adults and seniors of all identified genders. The hospital treats a wide range of behavioral health diagnoses.

“We are very excited to expand our facility to help meet the growing behavioral health needs of our communities,” said Felicia Risick, CEO of Southcoast Behavioral Health. “We are increasing our bed capacity to 192 beds, which will make us the second largest behavioral health hospital in the state. With the addition of a range of pediatric services, we can now serve patients throughout their lives, aiming to broaden healing in our communities. I would like to thank all the hospital staff and our partners for their commitment and hard work. This important step would not be possible without you.

“Since partnering with Southcoast Behavioral Health seven years ago, they have provided vital services to thousands of residents in our area,” said Renee Clark, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southcoast Health. “The hospital, in conjunction with the Southcoast Health System, provided services that treat the whole patient. This expansion, the second in the hospital’s history, is an exciting time for our partnership as together we continue to invest in the future of our communities.

“We are very proud of the continued success and growth of this hospital,” said Dwight Willingham, President of Acadia Healthcare’s Operations Group. “Every day, we must work to eliminate the stigma around mental illness, overcome fear and misunderstanding, and ensure that everyone who faces behavioral health issues knows they are not alone. Sadly, too many people with mental illnesses still suffer in silence. This hospital is a beacon for those in need and provides exceptional quality care in a safe and welcoming environment for all ages.

About Southcoast Behavioral Health

Southcoast Behavioral Health (“ScBH”) is currently a 144-bed psychiatric hospital located on a 21-acre property at 581 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747. Southcoast Behavioral Health is located in the southeast region of Massachusetts, which includes 52 towns and villages. Prior to the construction of Southcoast Behavioral Health, the Southeast Massachusetts region did not have a dedicated resource for acute behavioral health treatment: Southcoast Behavioral Health is now that resource and that permanence.

The services currently provided are: intensive psychiatric services for adult male, female and transgender patients 18 years of age and older; transgender men, women and seniors 50 and older; and male, female and transgender teens ages 13-17. Disorders treated include: depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, self-harming behaviors, bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation, post-traumatic stress disorder, homicidal ideation, schizophrenia, aggression, schizo- affective, psychosis, adjustment disorders and chemical dependency problems secondary to psychiatric problems. Over the past 2 years, Southcoast Behavioral Health has become the primary resource for the Department of Mental Health‘s most challenging onboarding referrals. For more information, please visit our website at

About Southcoast Health

Southcoast Health is a charitable, non-profit organization and the region’s largest provider of primary and specialty care. As a network of more than 700 physicians, hospitalists and mid-level practitioners, Southcoast Health is a system of three acute care hospitals – Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford (a mid-level trauma center II), and Tobey Hospital in Wareham, and also provides behavioral health services in partnership with Acadia at Southcoast Behavioral Health in Dartmouth. The Southcoast Health system includes seven urgent care centers, two cancer care centers, a visiting nurse association and numerous additional outpatient facilities that provide convenience and access to services for more than 724,000 residents in 33 communities. covering over 900 square miles in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode. Isle. More information is available online at

About Santé Acadie

Acadia is one of the leading providers of behavioral health services in the United States. As of December 31, 2021, Acadia operated a network of 238 behavioral healthcare facilities with approximately 10,500 beds in 40 states and Puerto Rico. With more than 22,500 employees serving approximately 70,000 patients daily, Acadia is the largest stand-alone behavioral health company in the United States. Acadia provides behavioral health services to its patients in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, specialty treatment facilities, residential treatment centers. and outpatient clinics.


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