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Mental health hospitalization – child

Inpatient care and treatment to help children with mental and behavioral conditions heal and thrive.

Sometimes your child needs urgent and more intensive care than what is available in outpatient mental health treatment. Our inpatient program provides a safe, structured and calming environment where your child receives 24-hour care and treatment from a team of mental health experts.

If your child is experiencing a medical emergency or crisis, call 911. If you want to learn more about hospitalization or other mental health services and aren’t experiencing a crisis or emergency, a good next step is talking with your child’s primary care or mental health provider.

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Our program is appropriate for children ages 5 to 12 who are experiencing complex behavioral health issues or a sudden mental health crisis. An out-of-home stay in our facility can include crisis stabilization, assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning.

We will design a treatment plan that is unique to your child’s particular condition and needs. Our goal is to return your child to positive mental health and wellbeing—and prepare him or her for a successful transition to outpatient care, and home.

What to expect from the program

A coordinated team of mental health professionals will assess and stabilize your child, and create an individualized treatment plan to help your child heal and manage their illness.

Experts helping your child may include psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants, mental health associates, nurses, social workers, occupational or recreational therapists, nutritionists and more. The program may incorporate:

  • individual and group psychotherapy (talking through problems)
  • family involvement
  • educational programming
  • treatment and crisis planning

medication management

Conditions treated

Mental health conditions can be complex, and affect your child’s thinking, feelings, mood, ability to relate to others and their everyday life. Some of the medical conditions we treat in the hospital include:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia.

More information on mental health

  • Hospitalization is the highest level of care for a mental health condition. If you are not in a crisis or emergency, talk with your primary care or mental health provider about the right course of treatment.
  • If you are experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis, call 911 or go the Emergency Room to determine the right course of action for you, which may or may not include hospitalization.

Learn more about an Emergency Room visit.

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Source: Allina Health Mental Health & Addiction Services