At times children and families may temporarily require additional intensive mental health services in a safe and secure setting when a child is experiencing an urgent mental health crisis. The Crisis Psychiatric Care (Subacute) program is able to offer children a short term residential placement and 24-hour access to mental health professionals. Children receive a psychiatric assessment by a psychiatrist, individual and family therapy with a Master level clinician, and a physical health exam.
The program’s secure facility has four units, each with six beds. The program serves children ages six to 18. Children participate in therapeutic and recreational activities led by qualified mental health associates throughout the day to assist children in identifying alternate ways of handling the intense emotions that led to the need for intensive services. There are two to three staff per unit at all times as well as 24-hour nursing staff. The facility has a gym, multiple family meeting rooms and two fenced outside recreation areas.