Menninger - Best Hospitals for Adult Psychiatry
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Why Menninger?

Why should you consider Menninger for inpatient psychiatric care for depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses? Because our patient treatment outcomes prove our patients get better and stay better for at least six months following discharge.


Treatment Outcomes

As the following charts indicate, on average, patients achieve significant improvement in depression, anxiety, ability to function and well-being by the time of discharge and maintain their improvement in the months that follow. (Click each chart to view a larger size.)


Menninger Clinic 2015 Patient Health Questionnaire Depression Scale (PHQ-9) of consecutive adult admissions Menninger Clinic 2015 Patient Health Questionnaire Anxiety Scale of consecutive adult admissions
Menninger Clinic 2015 World Health Organization: Disability Assessment Schedule (WHO-DAS) for consecutive adult admissions Menninger Clinic 2015 World Health Organization: Well-being Scale (WHO-5) of consecutive adult admissions


These data come from adults who have been treated by a team of specialists on either our HopeCompass, Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Service and Professionals in Crisis inpatient programs, where the average length of stay is about 45 days. Following discharge, most patients continue care in outpatient treatment or in a step-down program.


Our Patients

Outcomes data for 1,636 adult patients treated at Menninger between July 1, 2012, and June 1, 2015, show Menninger's patients are typically quite severely ill; in fact, on average, 80 percent had three psychiatric disorders. Prior to arriving at Menninger:
  • They averaged three prior psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • They had been treated by an average of three prescribing psychiatrists.
  • They had been in psychotherapy with the same or different therapist an average of four times.
Our treatment outcomes and quality indicators demonstrate the value of our treatment model and the quality of our treatment teams. Patient and family testimonials offer additional insight into the quality of care we deliver.

Other Quality Indicators

  • Menninger is ranked no. 5 on U.S.News & World Report's Best Hospitals list for psychiatry, and has been on the list every year since its debut in 1991.
  • Menninger was the first psychiatric hospital in Texas to be awarded the Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurse Credentialing Center.
  • Menninger is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the nation's top medical schools.
  • Menninger is accredited by the Joint Commission.
  • Menninger has been voted a Top Workplace by the Houston Chronicle five years in a row.
  • All our nurses are registered nurses, and only individuals who have at least a bachelor's degree are hired as mental health associates.
  • All treatment teams included a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, psychiatric nurse, psychiatric rehabilitation specialist, and, if warranted, a licensed chemical dependency counselor. The teams have offices on their units so they are accessible to patients.