The purpose of our Acute Inpatient Program is to evaluate, stabilize and treat children who are experiencing a crisis situation and need immediate intervention. The program focuses on intensive psychiatric evaluation, treatment, and aftercare planning using a professional, multidisciplinary team approach.
The team consists of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers/case managers, activity therapists, teachers, and behavioral counseling technicians. Our staff of physicians is available for consulting with patients regarding dietary concerns, pediatric neurology, and other routine pediatric needs. Our extensive staff of allied health professionals performs assessments and provides regular groups for patients’ specialized mental health needs, such as chemical dependence, spirituality and trauma.
Separate programming is offered for younger children, ages 5 to 11, who experience emotional or behavioral challenges such as: hyperactivity, aggression, withdrawal, lack of impulse control, or non-compliance with age-appropriate activities of daily living. Since play is one of the primary modes of expression for children, play therapy techniques are creatively woven into various elements of the program.
The children’s unit provides comfortable rooms with a fenced outdoor play area. Safe, modern play equipment is utilized with trained staff to enhance early learning developmental skills.
Our program for adolescents takes a comprehensive approach to helping teens, ages 12 to 18, develop coping skills to assist during troubled times in the difficult transition period of adolescence. Families are actively involved in the treatment program, ensuring a smoother and more coordinated return to the home and school settings.
Conditions addressed include:
- suicidal and homicidal ideation and behavior
- self-destructive behaviors and aggression
- behavioral impulsivity
- situational crises unique to adolescents
Family participation is expected, and education regarding mental health issues and medication is provided. The average length of stay varies according to the needs of the patient, but generally ranges from 4 to 10 days.