Child and Adolescent Inpatient Behavioral Health
Our Child and Adolescent Inpatient Behavioral Health program provides comprehensive care for children and teens experiencing acute crises with mental illness who need 24-hour care. We are the only provider of inpatient mental health services for children in Middle Tennessee. We offer a full range of treatment options and provide a safe place for children to heal and learn positive behaviors. Most patients stay for an average of 7-10 days. We also give patients and their families an aftercare plan to help continue progress after leaving the hospital.
24/7 Crisis Assessment and Admissions
Our highly trained mental health professionals offer help in urgent/emergency mental health situations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about our Psychiatric Assessment Service.
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Why Choose Child and Adolescent Inpatient Behavioral Health at Vanderbilt
- Specialized care
We are the only provider of inpatient mental health services for children in Middle Tennessee. We have a children’s unit serving children ages 4-12 and an adolescent inpatient unit for ages 13-17. Children’s groups are more tailored toward therapeutic play and cognitive development. Adolescent groups are more structured and focused on learning and skill building. Each group has its own nursing team assigned at all times.
- Group-based treatment
Rather than isolating patients, we keep patients together in groups using cognitive intervention to treat anxiety and mood disorders. This helps patients develop better social behaviors among peers. Learning to get along with others while learning to manage mental health concerns is a primary treatment goal.
- Team approach
Your child's personalized care plan will be created by our team that includes mental health specialists, nurses, social workers and nutritionists. Each child's inpatient care is supervised by a board-certified child psychiatrist. Our care teams work with your family to create a care plan that is right for your child.
- Supportive, family-oriented care
We provide a safe place where patients and their families can be comfortable, supported and treated with compassion and dignity. Families can participate in generous inpatient visiting hours, help us develop treatment plans and connect with community behavioral health resources. We encourage family involvement to support treatment and to continue helping patients after they leave our inpatient programs.
Tests, Treatments and Services
We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:
- Group therapy
- Medication management