Mental Health & Psychiatry

Behavioral Health - Mental Health and Psychiatry - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY
Behavioral Health - Mental Health and Psychiatry - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY
Behavioral Health - Mental Health and Psychiatry - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY

Within the Regional Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at ECMC, our compassionate team of specialists and their staff work to assist patients with mental illnesses and various psychiatric issues.

Here, our team partners with patients and their families to achieve better quality of life, and to support them through a variety of mental health and psychiatric disorders. Throughout, we emphasize respect and care for the whole patient as key elements of our commitment to better mental health.

As the only Buffalo-area hospital offering a psychiatrist on staff in our emergency room 24/7, ECMC has the largest acute care psychiatric program in the region, serving adolescents, adults, and seniors alike. Our mental health and psychiatry facilities include:

  • 132 inpatient psychiatry beds
    • 16-bed inpatient adolescent unit
    • 18-bed inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit
  • Six extended-observation beds (EOBs), with one dedicated for adolescents
  • CPEP—Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (Learn more »)

In addition, we offer outpatient services, including an outpatient psychiatry unit, to give patients the tools and resources they need to manage mental health issues and re-take control of their lives. Outpatient offerings include:

CONDITIONS & DISEASES    |    Mental Health & Psychiatry

The compassionate psychiatry and substance abuse specialists at ECMC work with patients facing a variety of mental health conditions and illnesses. On both an inpatient and outpatient basis, our experts treat conditions including:

  • Mood disorders
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Major depression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia
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TREATMENTS & PROCEDURES    |    Mental Health & Psychiatry

At ECMC, we offer specialized mental health and psychiatric care on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) (Learn more »)
  • 24/7 acute psychiatric care
  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Medication therapy
  • Medication management
  • Mental health assessments
  • ECT services
  • Clorazil Clinic
  • Mobile crisis outreach program

In addition, we offer specialized programs for patients diagnosed with both a mental health issue and addiction:

  • Dually Diagnosed Treatment—This service allows counselors to provide treatment to individuals diagnosed with both a mental illness and chemical dependency
  • Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) Treatment—This specialized treatment addresses the needs of patients who struggle with symptoms relating to the dual diagnoses of PTSD and addiction
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Conditions & Diseases

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CONDITIONS & DISEASES | Mental Health & Psychiatry

The compassionate psychiatry and substance abuse specialists at ECMC work with patients facing a variety of mental health conditions and illnesses. On both an inpatient and outpatient basis, our experts treat conditions including:

  • Mood disorders
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Major depression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Treatments & Procedures

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TREATMENTS & PROCEDURES | Mental Health & Psychiatry

At ECMC, we offer specialized mental health and psychiatric care on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) (Learn more »)
  • 24/7 acute psychiatric care
  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Medication therapy
  • Medication management
  • Mental health assessments
  • ECT services
  • Clorazil Clinic
  • Mobile crisis outreach program

In addition, we offer specialized programs for patients diagnosed with both a mental health issue and addiction:

  • Dually Diagnosed Treatment—This service allows counselors to provide treatment to individuals diagnosed with both a mental illness and chemical dependency
  • Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) Treatment—This specialized treatment addresses the needs of patients who struggle with symptoms relating to the dual diagnoses of PTSD and addiction

Our Doctors

Meet our dedicated team of doctors and psychiatrists who staff the Regional Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at ECMC and work alongside our staff to deliver patient-centric health care.


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Victoria Brooks, MD
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Director of the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP)
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Michael Cummings, MD
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Associate Medical Director
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Zhanna Elberg, MD
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Director, Psychotherapy Training
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