Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Services

Acute Inpatient Care for Children

When a physician determines that a patient cannot be safely and effectively treated on an outpatient basis, acute inpatient hospitalization is recommended and encouraged. It provides patients with the most intense level of care available, including 24-hour skilled nursing observation; daily oversight by a psychiatrist; and coordinated treatment by a physician-led team of mental health professionals. Inpatient hospitalization is a short-term treatment designed to quickly stabilize the most serious symptoms to allow a quick transition to less intensive levels of care.

West Hills Hospital offers acute inpatient mental health care for children ages 5-12 and adolescents ages 13-17. Dual diagnosis programs are also available for adolescents with a secondary chemical dependency diagnosis.

The mental health treatment plan for children and adolescents features a treatment curriculum that includes interactive treatment modalities that support and discuss:

  • Responsibility
  • Change
  • Relationships
  • Communication
  • Boundaries
  • Self-Esteem
  • Dealing with Feelings
  • Dealing with Anger
  • Coping Skills
  • Dreams

Advantages of acute inpatient treatment:

  • Evaluations and admissions available 24/7
  • Personalized treatment team, including licensed clinician, RNs, psychiatrist and allied therapy
  • Full schedule of group psychotherapy and psycho-education
  • Structured supervised playtime for children
  • Recreation therapy including music, movement and relaxation
  • Safe, controlled, structured environment
  • 24-hour skilled nursing care
  • Physician-led multidisciplinary treatment team
  • Indoor and outdoor supervised recreation
  • Youth counseling collaboration and coordination with all state, county and community youth services
  • Continuum of care collaboration through Willow Springs Center, a residential and outpatient treatment center
  • Medicaid and private insurance is accepted