Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much does an assessment cost?

A: The assessments and referrals are no-cost.

Q. If I bring my child in for an assessment, does this mean my child will be hospitalized?

A: No. The assessment is done to determine the child’s needs. Frequently outpatient services are recommended. Typically inpatient treatment is required when the child’s symptoms show risk and cannot be effectively safely treated in an outpatient setting.

Q: Do you accept Public Aid?
A: Yes. Public Aid and most insurance is accepted.

Q: If my child is hospitalized, how will I be informed and involved?

A: If your child comes into the hospital program and you are the legal guardian, you will be invited to meet with the attending physician and treatment team in the initial staffing. This will typically take place within 72 hours of admission. The initial staffing will outline the problems that led to the admission and develop interventions specific for the child’s needs and start the discharge planning process. The assigned therapist will contact you and typically arrange for a family meeting shortly after admission. The hospital team encourages family involvement.

Q: What type of discharge planning can I expect?

A: Discharge planning is an essential part of our treatment program. Most children’s symptoms stabilize within a short period of time during the hospitalization. Developing an effective aftercare plan is fundamental to sustain successful treatment. This will typically include follow up with a physician, individual and family therapy, and other support resources specific to the child’s needs.

Q: What would a typical day in the hospital look like for my child?

A: The program is very structured and therapeutic. Mornings will involve attending to hygiene, breakfast and a community group to start the day. Groups and activities will continue throughout the day and evening with some recreational breaks and journal time. The groups frequently involve talking about things that led to the hospitalization, with an emphasis on skill-building and solutions. Expressive therapies, including art and movement, help approach problems in creative, non-threatening ways.