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What Services Does Dorothea Dix Hospital Provide?

Currently the following services are offered at Dorothea Dix Hospital:  Forensic Minimum Security Unit, Child Outpatient Services and Clinical Research Outpatient Services.  All other services have been transferred to Central Regional Hospital.
This webpage will be updated soon.

Dorothea Dix Hospital provides psychiatric care to North Carolinians. We stabilize persons in crisis, assess our patients and provide medical care, psychiatric treatment and counseling. Our staff advocates for our patients and helps them to plan for their discharge and to make connections with the community. Dorothea Dix Hospital has adult admissions services, forensic services, a research unit, and a medical unit.

We are a  regional psychiatric hospital for the 9-county south-central region of North Carolina.

About the Treatment at Dorothea Dix

At Dorothea Dix, we use a holistic treatment approach. Our goal is to restore the physical, environmental and spiritual well-being of our patients. Through medication, counseling, education, family therapy, group therapy, recreation therapy, supported employment, diet, creative expressive art and occupational therapy, we help patients learn how to better cope with problems and to regain control of their lives.
A team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other trained professionals work together to provide individual care and assistance with recovery. They develop a comprehensive treatment plan addressing individual and family needs, the social environment, medical needs, and vocational and legal issues. Families are encouraged to participate, with the patient's consent.  Doctors and nurses are available 24 hours a day.

Continuity of Care

Help and support does not stop when a patient leaves the hospital. Continuing care is a vital part of the recovery process and is provided a part of the comprehensive treatment plan. Dorothea Dix Hospital, in collaboration with community-based mental health, developmental disabilities and substance-abuse programs and providers, works to ease the transition from hospitalization to the home and work environment. We encourage all patients and families to actively participate in their treatment and recovery plan.

Rehabilitation Therapies

  • Education
  • Supported Employment
  • Pastoral Services
  • Arts Therapy
  • Recreation
  • Speech/Language
  • Beauty/Barber
  • Occupational/Physical Therapy

Forensic Psychiatric Services

  • Pretrial Evaluation
  • Treatment

Inpatient and outpatient support services

  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Medical Laboratory
  • Social Work
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Environmental
  • Dental

Who is Eligible?

Admission is available to any adult consumer in our region, regardless of financial resources or insurance status. Patients pay on a sliding scale according to their income. More on financial arrangements.

How to Apply

Care at Dorothea Dix Hospital begins with the Local Management Entity or local provider who makes the referral to our facility.
North Carolina law provides for two types of admissions, voluntary and involuntary.



Your Rights

See the patient’s rights page. Ready NC Connect NC