Western Mental Health Institute

Western Mental Health Institute


Josh Carter, Chief Executive Officer
11100 Old Hwy 64 W
Bolivar, TN 38008


Western Mental Health Institute (WMHI) is a psychiatric hospital that serves 24 counties in West Tennessee. The hospital’s doors opened in Bolivar, Tennessee in 1889. The hospital offers 4 sub-acute units, 2 acute units, forensic services, and therapeutic treatment units for a total of 150 beds.

Western Mental Health Institute’s mission is to provide quality care through service excellence while its’ vision is to provide personalized care and services that support recovery and successful return to the community.


Benton Hardeman Lewis  
Carroll Hardin Madison  
Chester Haywood McNairy  
Crockett Henderson Obion  
Decatur Henry Perry  
Dyer Lake Tipton  
Gibson Lauderdale Wayne  
Fayette Lawrence Weakley  

*Western also provides long-term and forensic services to Shelby County residents.


Western Mental Health Institute (WMHI) assists patients who are not typically served by the private service sector and have no other inpatient treatment resources available to them. Most patients have a severe and persistent mental illness and are hospitalized on an emergency involuntary basis.  WMHI also provides inpatient services for individuals from jails and court-ordered, pre-trial evaluations. The hospital is an authorized provider under TennCare.


Western Mental Health Institute patient care teams, which consist of a psychiatrist, a social worker, nursing staff, a recreational therapist, and a treatment team coordinator, help individuals receive personalized care based on their specific needs. The staff works together with patients to help facilitate the individual's transition back to the community. Our patients are provided individualized care centered on compassion and quality.

Additionally, WMHI offers:

  • Internal Medicine Services
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Laboratory Services
  • Psychological Services
  • Forensic Evaluations
  • Dietician Services
  • Beautician Services
  • A Patient Rights Advisor
  • Pastoral Care
  • Telehealth services for some rural areas.




Western Mental Health Institute  ensures the highest quality of inpatient psychiatric services through accreditation and regulations from the Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). These agencies work to ensure practice and standards of safety.


Chief Executive Officer
Western Mental Health Institute
Phone: (731) 228-2000

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Office of Consumer Affairs
Phone: (800) 560-5767
Email: OCA.TDMHSAS@tn .gov

Joint Commission
Phone: (800) 994-6610
Email: complaint@ jointcommission.org

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