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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

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Conditions We Treat

Why Choose Child and Adolescent Inpatient Behavioral Health at Vanderbilt

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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


1601 23rd Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212