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Wyoming Behavioral Institute Celebrates 25 Years of Serving the Community and Wyoming

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CASPER, WY – Since 1996, Wyoming Behavioral Institute (WBI) has been providing superior quality inpatient child, adolescent and adult psychiatric treatment in Casper. Chief Executive Officer Mike Phillips announced this week that the hospital will be celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2021.

“We are proud to be a large employer in Casper, and to serve as a critical piece of the health care infrastructure in the state,” Phillips said. “We are actively partnering with government and non-profit organizations to assure access to inpatient psychiatry and we work closely with other organizations to help our patients continue to recover after discharging from inpatient care.”

WBI will be opening a new adult outpatient clinic this year. “Even though Casper has more outpatient psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and therapists than most communities in the state, there are still far too few prescribers available to meet demand,” Phillips said. “We were asked for help by the medical community and other mental health professionals and began making a plan to meet the need.”

WBI is an 85-bed acute care hospital and 30-bed youth residential facility employing five psychiatrists treating children, adolescents, adults and older adults from across Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska. The facility focuses on stabilization of symptoms of mental illness. Phillips joined the WBI team in 2019. He notes that the hospital and its staff are award-winning and are recognized across the state for taking the lead in the delivery of mental health services.

WBI’s individualized treatment includes a structured, therapeutic environment, intensive physician involvement and oversight, and daily group and educational programs. Services include initial assessment, diagnosis and rapid stabilization of acute psychiatric and co-occurring disorders.

“For 25 years, WBI has provided the highest quality care and services to thousands of individuals in need,” Phillips said. “It is with great pride we celebrate how our employees and community partners have worked together to bring about recovery and support for others.”

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