Child & Adolescent Inpatient Treatment

The Child & Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Program here at Havenwyck has been specially designed to accommodate children and adolescents between 3 and 17 years of age, struggling with mental health issues. After admission and assessment, an individualized treatment plan is developed in which patients are given specific goals that guide them towards improvement. Each patient is first assigned to a treatment program based on age.

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Havenwyck has three specialized programs based on age:

  • 3 to 10 years of age
  • 11 to 13 years of age
  • 14 to 17 years of age

At Havenwyck, we understand that the emotional health and well-being of children and adolescents is complex, multifaceted and relates to many factors. Some of these factors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Positive relationships with parents, siblings and peers
  • Opportunities to develop self-care and adequate coping skills
  • Appropriate physical and psychosocial education and development
  • Environmental limits that offer a sense of security and structure while stimulating autonomy
  • A sense of self-identity and achievement

The unique design of the program, which is under the direction of a qualified child and adolescent psychiatrist, includes a multidisciplinary treatment approach comprised of individual, group and family therapies.

Rise Up is a unit behavior management program, based entirely on the principles of positive reinforcement. The idea is to shape desired behaviors in approximate succession. Individual behaviors are defined clearly and concretely, participants then are reinforced timely with their successes. Desired behaviors cover the scope of active treatment and include constructs such as participation, showing kindness, self-regulation, and other pro-social behaviors. The positive fostered collaboration between staff and participant from Rise Up implementation promotes interpersonal relationship development and builds a foundation of consistency and trust within the milieu itself. As participant’s spend their day in our program with a focus on balance and positive outcomes, we also witness vicarious and cumulative learning outside the bounds of extrinsic reward. Ultimately, our goal is to promote a nurturing, healing environment where kids in our program will produce meaningful outcomes.

Eligibility Requirements

The program serves children and adolescents between 3 and 17 years of age who:

  • Exhibit serious psychiatric problems
  • Present a danger to themselves or others
  • Have not had success using outpatient treatment

Referrals may be made by physicians, mental health professionals, social workers, social service agencies, family members or friends. Admission decisions are made by a psychiatrist.

Help Is Only A Phone Call Away

If you or a loved one are struggling with psychiatric, emotional and/or behavioral issues, please call us at 800-401-2727 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but professionals are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.