South Beach Psychiatric Center provides intermediate level inpatient services to persons living in western Brooklyn, southern Staten Island, and Manhattan south of 42nd Street. The center also operates a specialized eight bed inpatient unit for monolingual Chinese persons from Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan who are in need of intermediate care. The hospital was closed in 2011 over criticism over how it treated its patients.
The following nearly sixty minute 1983 Academy Award nominated documentary video entitled "Children of Darkness" was filmed mostly inside South Beach Psychiatric Center. The film focuses on the children living in the facility and how they were treated.