ABOUT CAPITAL DISTRICT PSYCHIATRIC CENTER
Capital District Psychiatric Center (CDPC) is a state-run facility located in Albany that serves nine New York counties. The long-term treatment center provides inpatient care for adults and outpatient programming for youth and adults who have received a diagnosis of serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI). Treatment is provided for primary psychiatric conditions, and facility’s website does not address the availability of dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring substance use disorders.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the Capital District Psychiatric Center website, clients typically come to the facility for treatment after they have been unable to achieve stability in a short-term mental health program. According to the facility’s website, programming consists of “centralized skill-building groups to ameliorate symptoms, develop self-esteem, and create successful experiences…”
Through inpatient and community clinic outpatient programming, clients participate in evidence-based psychiatric therapies that address symptoms, along with skill-building, group-based services. Clients may also receive ongoing medication management. Once an adult client is stable, clinicians may recommend the individual transition into one of its three supportive community residences and attend outpatient programming.
The psychiatric center is located next door to Albany Medical Center’s hospital and college, which supplies interns and residents CDPC staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to the Albany Medical Center website, the Capital District Psychiatric Center operates 165 adult beds. No further details regarding living arrangements or related offerings are provided by the facility. Both individuals polled to date by Best-rehabs.com provided ratings of four or five out of five stars for metrics measuring general accommodations, meals, and nutrition. The facility’s cleanliness and maintenance and its exercise and leisure activities received three and four stars, while policies regarding patients’ outside communication received one star from an alum and three stars from a loved one.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
To date, Best-rehabs.com has received feedback for Capital District Psychiatric Center from one former client, who indicated their likelihood to recommend the program to others was moderate. The reviewer granted three stars for metrics measuring the staff’s level of training and experience and for dual diagnosis treatment.
On Google, CDPC received an average rating of 2.2 out of five stars from a mix of alumni, family members, and staff, representing both outpatient and inpatient programs. Two former clients expressed concerns about chaotic environments.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The one loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave Capital District Psychiatric Center a positive review, awarding the facility mostly four and five out of five stars across 15 evaluated metrics, including the level of family participation, counseling options, and treatment of co-occurring disorders. The reviewer noted that the facility was focused more on psychiatric health than addiction and cited their loved one’s experience of being integrated with psychiatric patients as a facility weakness.
Several family members criticized CDPC in Google reviews, citing long waits for clinic service, over-reliance on medication, and uncaring or inattentive treatment staff.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Employees of the psychiatric center also depicted a chaotic or stressful environment in reviews posted on Indeed. Most of the 12 individuals contributing to an average rating of 3.7 out of five stars for CDPC agreed that the facility was fast-paced and that working with patients was rewarding.
There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website regarding its costs. The two individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com on the affordability of treatment awarded three and four stars, respectively.