Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has 12 beds, all private rooms, with shared bathrooms. Our program is designed to help children and adolescents, ages 6-18, who are having a crisis that is severe enough to impact his or her safety and/ or the safety of others. We treat a variety of psychiatric conditions including: major depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, PTSD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, schizophrenia and others.
The children are generally separated into two tracks: ages 12 and older are in one track and ages 11 and younger are in a separate track.
Our length of stay is an average of 5-7 days. Our program focuses on three major areas:
- Assessment: identifying why you are in the hospital
- Stabilization: reducing your symptoms
- Discharge Planning: Returning to your community
Treatment is provided through groups. We focus on skill-building and anger control through a program called the Prepare Curriculum which includes groups such as skill-streaming, problem solving and situation perception training. We also use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). We use the groups to teach coping skills, address safety issues and recognize alternative ways to deal with your feelings and emotions. We also give education to parents during the admission process, family meetings, phone calls and through handouts. If at any time a parent has a question while their child is in the hospital we encourage the parent to call.
Coordinating with your child’s school, we can be sure your child continues with his or her education while a patient here.
- We only allow 2 visitors on the unit per child at a time.
- Children under 12 are prohibited from visiting.
- You may bring food from home to the visit with you.
- Food must be consumed during the visit. It cannot be kept on the unit.
- Caffeinated beverages are not allowed.
- The unit is secure. Visitors can enter the unit by pushing the intercom and letting us know who they wish to visit.
Monday through Friday: 5 to 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 4 to 6 pm
In addition to visiting hours, there are free times throughout the day when calls patients can speak with their loved ones. These can be found on our unit schedules. Please ask if you did not receive one. In addition, loved ones can always call the nurses’ station to speak with someone regarding the patient (for adults we need to have a release to speak with you).
The Next Step
The care and treatment you receive is just the first step. Preparing you for your discharge begins on the day that you are admitted here. We seek to first stabilize you and then provide the skills and resources you need to stay well beyond our walls. Included in your patient handbook are a collection of community resources and we encourage you to use them as needed.
It is important to continue to take the medication prescribed, follow the advice of the treatment team and your outpatient providers and keep your follow-up appointments, not just the one we scheduled, but all appointments. These can often, but not always, keep you from having to return to the hospital.
To appropriately assess, plan, and treat our patients, we encourage a parent or guardian to be present for the initial admission process as well as for treatment meetings. In our experience, parent/guardian presence is strongly recommended for treatment to be successful. The admission process takes on average 1- 1½ hours. During this time necessary paperwork will be completed including releases of information (so we can contact outpatient providers), consent forms for medication (for minors) and treatment, and legal status paperwork.