Inpatient Programs for Children & Adolescents

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We serve patients ages 4 through 17 with serious behavioral disturbance or an inability to function at home or school. Treatment focuses on helping identify emotions and correct maladaptive behaviors. Positive behavior is rewarded through earning privileges and behavior modification models help promote effective impulse control.

Peer groups help focus on developing a positive self-image and appropriate socialization and communication skills. The treatment team emphasizes the importance of learning to accept responsibility and develop healthy interactions with others.

Treatment Components:

  • Evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Substance use prevention education
  • Family and group therapy
  • Medication management
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Expressive therapies,
  • including art and music

When does my child need to go to the hospital?
Psychiatric hospitals are designed to be controlled settings for intensive mental health treatment including observation, diagnosis, individual and group psychotherapy and medication management. It is an appropriate place to be if you are feeling out of control, having thoughts of harming yourself or someone else, having trouble taking care of yourself or your family or if you are experiencing other serious symptoms. Psychiatric hospitalization may treat a variety of mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and extreme anxiety.

Because inpatient care interrupts daily life, hospitalization should be reserved for situations when round-the-clock observation and care are required. Most hospital stays are only long enough to resolve the most urgent issues, from a few days to a few weeks. Alternatives can relieve the need for full hospital care or serve as part of the discharge process and, depending on availability, may include short-term crisis stabilization units or psychiatric emergency rooms, intensive outpatient treatment or partial hospitalization, residential treatment or housing with intensive long-term services and supports.

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