Duluth LighthouseBy Lainie Janke

Each and every person is a unique. Everyone possesses personal worth. And every single individual, family member, and loved one is valued.

That’s the philosophy of the Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit located in the Miller-Dwan Building, where our compassionate and highly-skilled clinical team addresses the physical, spiritual, social, psychological, and economic needs of each client. We care deeply about how each patient’s family, personal relationships, religious affiliations and way of life may integrate into a care plan that is respectful and dignified.

People come to the Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit for a variety of reasons. People from throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin can and do request admission to the Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit for observation, evaluation, diagnosis, care and treatment. Others are referred. Regardless, a stay in the unit, gives people the time they need to concentrate on wellness and learn new skills. Services include high-level nursing care coupled with health care assessments as well as one-on-one counseling, group skills training and therapy. Integrative therapies like meditation, relaxation, journaling, art therapy and aromatherapy are also available. Whether a person needs substance abuse care,medication management or anxiety reduction education, an interdisciplinary team is available to help. Each patient’s team includes a Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse,Behavioral Health Technician, Social Worker,Family Therapist, Substance Use Disorder Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Professional(s), Activity Specialist, Occupational Therapist, the patient and the patient’s family. Chaplains and dietitians are also on hand to help.

The Adult Inpatient Mental Health approach is based on Illness Management and Recovery (IM&R), a well-researched, approved and comprehensive care program. IM&R helps patients manage their illness, set goals and make informed decisions about their treatment by acquiring necessary knowledge and skills.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a therapy that looks at the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behavior, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a therapy that emphasizes mindfulness, validation, problem solving and skill acquisition, are also embedded in the Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit and its work with patients.

In all, every Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit staff person is deeply committed to caring for the people of our region, to improving health and individual growth opportunities and to enhancing MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT experiences for all patients.

Employed by Essentia Health, Lainie Janke is the Clinical Supervisor of the Adult Inpatient Mental Health unit and one of the most compassionate and commited mental health advocates in our community.

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