Acute Inpatient Care Program

Inpatient Care for Children and Adolescents

The purpose of our Acute Inpatient Care Program is to evaluate, stabilize and treat children and adolescents who are experiencing a crisis situation and need immediate intervention. The treatment 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.

Children’s program

Separate programming is offered for younger children ages 5 through 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 life.

Our evidence-based treatment options are designed specifically for children. 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. Contemporary play equipment is utilized with trained staff to enhance early learning developmental skills.

Adolescent program

This program takes a comprehensive approach to helping adolescents, 12 to 18 years old, 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 and disorders include:

  • Suicidal and homicidal ideation and behavior
  • Depression
  • Self-destructive behaviors and aggression
  • Behavioral impulsivity
  • Self-injury
  • Psychosis
  • 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 and their treatment plan, but generally ranges from four to 10 days.

If your adolescent is in need of help from a mental health professional, call us today at 800-423-5666 and make a difference in their lives, now.

If your loved one is in need of children’s behavioral health care, please reach out to us today by calling us to schedule a no-cost appointment at 800-423-5666.

Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents and Children

While mental health problems can affect people of all ages and are crucial to address regardless of age, mental illness at a young age can affect the rest of your loved one’s life.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly half of all lifetime mental health issues begin before the age of 14 and two-thirds begin before the age of 24.

This makes it extremely important to get your child or teen mental health help as early as possible, as the National Institute of Mental Health suggests that early treatment can prevent long-term mental health issues later in life.

Your decision to get your loved one help now can positively impact the rest of their lives, and an acute care program from Belmont Pines Hospital can make a difference.

After Acute Care Stabilization

Belmont Pines Hospital offers inpatient services for children and adolescents that can help them take the next step after stabilization. By offering additional levels of care, we are better able to provide the treatment your child or teen needs post-acute care in order to prevent relapse and help them take positive steps forward.

Learn more about our inpatient programs