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Psychiatric Inpatient

Psychiatric Inpatient

Inpatient Treatment

Chicago Children’s Center for Behavioral Health offers inpatient treatment to youth patients, ages 3–17, living with an acute psychiatric disorder. This treatment track occurs in a structured treatment environment, with the goal of moving to a less-restrictive environment and eventual discharge.

Our Focus

We focus on quality clinical skills and customer service, and maintaining a supportive, therapeutic milieu. We listen closely to the child and their family to determine the appropriate treatment. Our goal is to provide quality services that produce a positive outcome for everyone who walks through our doors. Inpatient treatment includes:

  • Multidisciplinary patient and family evaluation
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Recreational and behavioral therapy
  • Classroom instruction with specialized teacher
  • Carefully monitored medication as needed
  • Parent education


Upon entering an inpatient program, children will meet with a team of professionals, including a therapist, psychiatrist, nurse, and mental health technicians who will work in collaboration to develop individualized treatment plans that have been customized to meet their needs. The types of therapeutic interventions that may be incorporated into the plans of care that are utilized in an inpatient treatment setting may include the following:

  • Medication management: Depending on an individual’s needs, certain psychotropic medications may be implemented into his or her treatment plan. When this is the case, individuals will meet with a psychiatrist on an ongoing basis in order to ensure that the medications they have been prescribed are benefiting them in the appropriate way and to make any changes that may be necessary.
  • Individual therapy: Individual therapy, one-to-one setting with a therapist. During these sessions, children can process through their experiences in treatment, address any concerns they have or any problems that may arise, seek guidance regarding any questions that they may have, and celebrate successes as they come.
  • Educational services: Educational therapy is classroom instruction with a certified teacher. Children receive five hours of educational therapy per week. Once proper signed consent is received, our teacher will contact the student’s school to gather information about their education and, later, to discuss transition back to school upon discharge.
  • Group therapy: Group therapy offers a number of benefits for children who are receiving inpatient care. Group therapy sessions are led by professional staff members who guide topics of discussion that are relevant to those participating in the group. By engaging in these group sessions, individuals will not only learn about things that are pertinent to their recovery, but they can also give and receive support to and from other individuals who are working towards overcoming the same types of struggles. Group therapy sessions can help individuals come to realize that they are not alone in their trials, which can help encourage acceptance and healing.
  • Family therapy: These sessions are also led by professional staff members and provide individuals and their family members with a secure space to come together and discuss the ways in which mental illness and/or behavioral problems have affected the family unit as a whole. This can also be a time for family members to become educated on the particular struggles that their loved one is facing.
  • Continuing care: From the time that individuals enter into inpatient care, their treatment teams will be working to create a thorough aftercare plan. Upon completion of inpatient treatment, individuals will meet with case workers or other staff members to review options for continuing care. Following inpatient treatment, many individuals benefit from stepping down into partial hospitalization programming, intensive outpatient programming, or traditional outpatient services such as weekly therapy sessions, monthly medication management, and similar services. The purpose of planning for continuing care services is to ensure that individuals continue on their healing journeys with the support necessary to remain successful in sustaining their wellbeing.

Discharge planning

Most children’s symptoms stabilize within a short period of time. We will help you develop an aftercare plan to help sustain successful treatment. This will typically include follow-up with a physician, individual and family therapy and other support resources.

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.