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Frequently Asked Questions

The assessments and referrals are no-cost.

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 securely treated in an outpatient setting.

Yes. Public Aid and most insurance is accepted.

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.

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.

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.

Help is Only a Call Away

If your child is in need of behavioral health treatment, Chicago Children’s Center for Behavioral Health, may be able to help. Call 312-491-5055 for a no-cost assessment any time, day or night.