Psychiatry and Mental Health

This page provides access to information about the Department of Psychiatry of Staten Island University Hospital, a fully comprehensive service addressing the needs of patients requiring psychiatric care.

Staffed by an accredited team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, activity therapists, working with primary care physicians and allied health professionals, the Department offers sophisticated multi disciplinary care wherever and whenever it is needed: in our inpatient units, highly specialized geriatric program, adult as well as child adolescent outpatient clinics, partial day hospital program, 24 hour emergency service, substance abuse facilities, and HIV program.

The following pages will briefly describe our individual services and provide the phone numbers of appropriate contact people who will be happy to give you further information.


777 Seaview Avenue
Building No. 10
Staten Island, New York 10305

375 Seguine Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10309

ADMISSION: (718) 226-2473 

Kim Savettiere, RN
Inpatient Psychiatry Admission Manager

The Adult Inpatient Service comprises two units with 64 beds providing care to patients 18 years and older in need of intensive inpatient evaluation and treatment. Typical diagnostic categories include mood disorders, schizophrenia, personality and obsessive compulsive, as well as anyone in a severe crisis situation.

Our staff is multidisciplinary and includes psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, therapists, all of whom are certified in their field of expertise and experienced in acutely ill psychiatric patients. Modalities of treatment include medication management, individual and group therapy, psychoeducation, and activity therapy.

Admission is either scheduled or on an emergency basis following evaluation by psychiatrist who is on site 24 hours/day. Medicare/Medicaid and most private/managed insurances are accepted.

The geriatric psychiatry program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for our elderly population, taking every aspect of care into account. Because psychiatric illness in this age group often combines with medical and social problems, we have developed a skilled team of medical professionals including psychiatrists, internists, medical and surgical subspecialists, geriatric nurses, social workers, and activity therapists who are well trained with every facet of care.

Not only do we have the staff to evaluate and treat the full range of geriatric patients, but we have the capability of arranging that care wherever it is needed: in our inpatient unit, outpatient clinics, partial hospital program, or 24 hour emergency department.

An on-site psychiatrist is available at all times at both our North and South divisions in the medical emergency room, No appointment is necessary.

Swarna Mani, MD
Medical Director North

Roberto Paranal, MD
Medical Director South

450 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, N.Y. 10305
(718) 226-8910

392 Seguine Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10309
(718) 226-2274

Provides psychiatric assessment, treatment, and/or referrals for individuals 16 years of age and older who seek assistance with psychiatric illness. Initial evaluations and direct services are provided by a multidisciplinary team which includes Social Workers, Psychiatrists, and other ancillary mental health personnel.

Modalities of treatment include individual and group therapy, and pharmacology. Patients who present with a primary problem of substance abuse will be referred to ourSubstance Abuse division for further assessment and evaluation.

Hours of operation for the North site are: Monday/Wednesday 8:30am - 7:00pm. Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm. South site: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00am -5:00pm. Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am- 7:00pm.

Medicare/Medicaid and most third party insurances are accepted. In situations where individuals have no insurance coverage, payment is adjusted to a sliding scale.

Partial hospitalization is an innovative program for people who need intensive, long term mental health intervention, either as an alternative to inpatient care or as a more intensive level of outpatient treatment. The Partial Hospital Program assists in formulating goals and initiating steps aimed at independent maintenance in the community.

The Partial Hospital Program is available to men and women, 18 years or older, who are experiencing a mental health problem. The client should be willing to participate in a day program Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 2:30 pm.

Staffing consists of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and activity therapists utilizing individual and group psychotherapy medication management, and therapy as treatment modalities following a comprehensive assessment. Medical and nutritional services are included. 

Contact April Gungor, LCSW, Manager of the Partial Hospital Program at (718) 226-6552 for additional information or to make a referral. Medicare/Medicaid and most private/managed care insurances are accepted.

Robert Walter, MD
(718) 226-6261

Psychiatric consultation is available to any patient (adult, child, or adolescent) as require and is being treated on any of our medical or surgical services, either inpatient or outpatient. 


The division of Substance Abuse provides a comprehensive, integrated system of care providing inpatient (detoxification and rehabilitation), outpatient, methadone maintenance, and drug-free services. For information about any of our programs, please visit our website specifically dedicated to  Substance Abuse.


Ines Vucetic, LMSW    
Manager, HIV Health Services
392 Seguine Avenue
Staten Island New York 10309
(718) 226-3801    

The HIV Mental Health division provides a full range of services for patients and families affected by HIV and offers: assessment, individual and group for adults and adolescents, including psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, and play therapy for children.

Any patient over 5 years of age is eligible for treatment as are significant others of individuals with HIV/AIDS.

Treatment focuses on stressors related to HIV illness which may include substance abuse treatment, bereavement counseling, adjustment issues as well as regarding entitlements and medical services.

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9:00am -5:00pm and Wednesday 9:00am - 7:00pm.


  • Russell Joffe, MD, Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
  • Timothy Sullivan, MD, Vice Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
  • Joanne Pietro, RN, Associated Vice President of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
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