UNM Adult Psychiatric Center | Albuquerque, New Mexico

UNM Psychiatric Center

The state's largest community mental health care provider, UNM Psychiatric Center provides a full spectrum of behavioral health care for thousands of New Mexicans each year.

In addition to emergency and urgent psychiatric care, our inpatient facility has 48 beds for adults and seniors. Our Rio Rancho location also provides care in opioid addiction and anxiety, as well as a wide spectrum of innovative outpatient services.

A Network of Care

The UNM Children's Psychiatric Center provides care for children and teens through age 17. Telehealth technology extends access to high-quality behavioral health services in schools, correctional facilities and other locations throughout New Mexico. 

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)

PES is the only 24-hour a day, 7-days a week Psychiatric Emergency Room in New Mexico. Clients who present with an acuity level that cannot be accommodated in Urgent Care, such as those at risk to self and/or others are referred to PES.

Psychiatric emergency services are provided to all clients who present to PES with an acute psychiatric need. Law enforcement, primary care physicians, emergency rooms, teachers, counselors, other behavioral health facilities, self-referrals and a variety of other sources can refer clients. 

A referral is not required for clients to be seen at PES. Anyone in the community feeling unsafe can walk into this emergency service at any time and be seen. PES provides psychiatric emergency services for adults, adolescents, and children.

Psychiatrists provide emergency psychiatric interventions including medication therapies, safety interventions, and acute stabilization evaluate clients.  Referral to the University Hospital medical Emergency Department may be required for emergency medical evaluation.  If stabilization is not obtained, referral into the inpatient service or 23-hour crisis stabilization service will occur.  Stabilized individuals will be referred to the appropriate outpatient level of care with medication management daily until outpatient appointment is obtained, if needed.

Psychiatric Urgent Care Clinic (PUCC)

Advanced practice psychiatric nurse sees provides assessment, provide immediate treatment, and make referrals for follow up care for people experiencing minor to moderate psychiatric issues including depression and anxiety.

Patients that sign into PES that are more appropriately suited for PUCC can be changed to PUCC by a provider. Patients that are appropriate for PUCC include: 

  • Depression without active SI with plan or intent
  • Anxiety not currently in a panic attack
  • Medication refills
  • Assisting patients with provider resources and follow up care

To learn more about the Behavioral Health services at UNM Health, click here.

Emergency Services

Pyschiatric Urgent Care

  • 505-272-9038
  • Open 9:30am to 6:00pm (last patient accepted at 5:30), Monday–Friday


Rio Rancho Campus

Billing and Insurance

UNM Psychiatric Center
2600 Marble Ave.
Albuquerque, NM 87106
UNM Behavioral Health Clinic
2600 College Blvd. NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144