UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital will welcome patients to a new space on August 19 in UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center. The new facility replaces Langley Porter’s current services and programs, which opened in 1943 at Parnassus Heights as California’s first modern neuropsychiatric institute.

Now located at 1600 Divisadero St., the airy, light-filled facility is designed to provide a healing environment and improved experience for both patients and their families while offering the highest-quality inpatient care for mental health. The state-of-the-art space will expand from 22 beds in the current hospital to 30, with additional design improvements that allow the hospital to serve 40% more patients overall.

The new hospital will offer 24-hour medical, psychological and other consultative care for adults with severe psychiatric conditions. It also will provide a partial hospitalization program with five hours of care per day, including individual therapy, medication management, mindfulness, and behavioral therapy, for patients who need a high level of care while maintaining other elements of their daily lives. An intensive, three-hour-per-day outpatient program offers coping skills and symptoms management over a six-to-eight-week period for patients with less severe conditions.

The hospital complements UCSF Health’s behavioral and mental health outpatient clinics for adults and children, which relocated from Parnassus Heights to the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building at Mission Bay last year.

A growing need for psychiatric care

Langley Porter is renowned for research to advance medical understanding and treatment in psychiatry and is recognized among the best programs in the nation for psychiatric care by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Rankings. Together, the Langley Porter specialty hospital and outpatient clinics provide more than 49,000 patient visits per year, offering individualized, compassionate behavioral health care for patients across their lifespan.

In California, 1 in 7 adults experienced a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in 2019, and 1 in 26 suffered from a serious mental illness, according to a report by the California Health Care Foundation. The report found that the number of psychiatric inpatients almost doubled in the prior decade.

UCSF Health is home to some of the best clinicians and staff in behavioral health, and we are excited this facility matches their standard of excellence.”

Suresh Gunasekaran, President and CEO of UCSF Health

That has only increased since the pandemic, according to Matthew State, MD, PhD, chair of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, senior vice president for behavioral health at UCSF Health, and president of UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital.

“There is a critical need for mental health services in our community, and this new hospital represents an important step in our ongoing efforts to expand access to the full range of behavioral health services,” said State, who is the Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and a member of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. “This new facility will better support our clinicians and staff in providing the most advanced care to patients suffering from serious psychiatric conditions.”

Innovative solutions to transform behavioral health

Over the past decade, UCSF Health has made an unparalleled commitment to modernizing, expanding, and integrating mental health facilities across its health care network. This includes opening the Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building for outpatient services and clinical research. It has also strengthened the integration with UCSF’s world-class neuroscience in the UCSF Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building at Mission Bay.

UCSF Health also has established a new pediatric behavioral health building at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, as well as a resource portal for pediatricians that aims to bring early mental health diagnoses and interventions to children throughout Northern California.

“The new UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital strengthens our ongoing work to transform the field of behavioral health,” said Suresh Gunasekaran, president and chief executive officer of UCSF Health. “UCSF Health is home to some of the best clinicians and staff in behavioral health, and we are excited this facility matches their standard of excellence.”

Following the Langley Porter move, construction will begin on a new hospital for the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights, which is scheduled to open in 2030 on the site of the former Langley Porter hospital.

The entrance to the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital. A blue bench rests against a wood-panelled wall, and a light pillar reads "Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital."
Photo by Susan Merrell