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Child & Adolescent Inpatient Program

Youth Inpatient Psychiatric Services

The child and adolescent inpatient program is a specialized level of care designed to meet the needs of children and adolescents (ages 5 to 17) with psychiatric disorders. The goal is to help young patients address their psychiatric problems to reduce symptoms, improve functioning and maintain stability. The service takes place in two sections of our campus: The child and adolescent inpatient building and the D/E unit wing of the newly constructed section.

The child and adolescent building houses three units. A-Pod serves 15 children (A-Pod treatment schedule), B-Pod serves 11 adolescent males (B-Pod treatment schedule) and C-Pod serves 10 co-ed pre-adolescents (C-Pod treatment schedule). The building is separate from the rest of the hospital, with bright, high-ceilinged space and colorful murals decorating the common areas. There are two separate, secure play areas for children and adolescents attached to the building. School and gym activities take place in the main hospital building.

Patients eat meals in the newly constructed cafeteria, which is exclusive to the child and adolescent populations. In 2010, we made several upgrades to this space including renovating the galley, flooring in the living pods, painting the pods and bathrooms, numerous bathroom repairs, painting the exterior building, and renovating playground space for the children’s unit.

The newly constructed adolescent wing houses two units, both of which serve adolescent girls. This wing boasts modern construction and ample space for group therapy and activity space. It also has a new classroom for school lessons.

Please read these frequently asked questions for more details.

Components of Child & Adolescent Inpatient

  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Managing thoughts and behaviors that pose a danger to the patient or others
  • Reduce severe symptoms associated with depression, chemical dependency, psychosis, conduct and other disorders
  • Improve functioning at home, school and in the community
  • Separate and distinct units for children (ages 5 to 10), young adolescents (ages 10 to 12), adolescent boys (ages 13 to 17) and adolescent girls (ages 13 to 17)
  • Educational groups (medication education, illness education, healthy lifestyles, communication, anger management, coping skills, stress management, relaxation)
  • Parent education and support group (designed to help families understand their child’s condition, medications and how to interact more positively with them when they return home)
  • Daily school program (run by two certified special education teachers)
  • Strengths-based phase system for adolescents that focuses on empowerment and self-expression
  • Multiple play yards and access to a full-service gymnasium
  • Allied, family and group therapy (goal-directed modality, concentrated in the present, builds on strengths and focuses on solutions)

Here to Assist You 24/7

If a psychiatric disorder or chemical dependency affects you or a loved one, please call 215-487-4100. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to perform no-cost assessments and answer questions on programs and admissions.