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Children's Crisis Psychiatric Care


If you or someone you know needs help for a child with a mental health challenge,
call us at 503-408-4705.

About Crisis Psychiatric Care (SUBACUTE)

Kerr’s crisis care program provides children and adolescents a short-term residential placement and 24-hour access to mental health professionals.

Children and families are assigned to an attending child and adolescent psychiatrist and a child and family therapist. Our multi-disciplinary team also includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, and milieu therapists. Our program offers a safe, structured setting with 24-hour care for children and adolescents who require mental health treatment in a secure setting.

Crisis Psychiatric Care

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Services Provided
  • Individual therapy for client
  • Family therapy
  • Medication management by a psychiatrist
  • Skills-building groups
  • Nurse practitioner appointments as needed
  • Family support services as needed
  • Case management/after-care planning
  • Education groups by teachers from Multnomah Education Service District
Your team

The treatment team includes:

  • A Master’s level Child and Family Therapist who follows the case from start to finish
  • A Psychiatrist who follows the case from start to finish
  • A minimum of 16-hour Nursing availability daily
  • 24/7 Psychiatric Technicians
Who do we accept?

Our program accepts children and adolescents ages 5 – 17 years old experiencing a psychiatric crisis. Youth accepted by the Subacute program are typically those who pose an imminent risk to themselves or others and as such require both a secure setting as well as intensive mental health treatment.

Who can refer to Subacute?

We can accept referrals from:

  • Emergency departments/hospitals
  • Outpatient treatment teams
  • Acute psychiatric units
  • Crisis response teams

All referrals must include a recommendation from a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) for Subacute services. The QMHP must be able to justify why Subacute is a medically necessary level of care for the child. In Oregon, common examples of QMHPs include: psychiatrist, mental health therapist, social worker, psychologist, psychiatric nurse-practitioners. Families cannot self-refer to this level of care.

Our Location

832 NE 162nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97230

Once you enter the Kerr campus, follow signs for Crisis Psychiatric Care (Subacute). The entrance is located under the awning at the end of the parking lot. Ring the doorbell and staff will greet you.

Family Support

Families want the best for their children, to nurture their growth and development. Families with children who have special needs want the same for their children, but often face additional challenges, including great stress, social isolation, and financial strain.

Families may become overwhelmed and find it difficult navigating the service system for their child, as well as finding social and emotional support for themselves.

Family Support helps families access a broad array of supports and services, including formal supports (such as paid providers) and informal supports (such as parent-to-parent connections) and a community system of services that promote the well-being of families and their children with special needs.

Family support aims to:

  • Increase the parental strength and resilience of families
  • Empower parents as they help their children with special needs achieve their full potential.
  • System Navigation-(medical, mental health, school, SSI/SSDI, Juvenile justice)
  • Help families make critical connections to other families and resources in the community
  • Provide individualized, family-driven support that respects family culture, values, and preferences
  • The Family Support Specialist works with families, communities, and service providers to promote and provide support for families with children who have special needs.
  • Includes but not limited to: special health care needs, developmental and learning disabilities, and behavioral/mental health diagnoses.
What your child needs to bring

Our goal is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for all children and staff. Each child has their own bedroom, which other children are not allowed into. Parents are welcome to bring personal items for their child including:

  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Stuffed animals
  • CD or MP3 players without WiFi
  • Age appropriate books
  • Clothing appropriate to the season (one week’s worth).

The following items are not allowed:

  • clothes with drawstrings
  • belts, scarves, or ties
  • shirts with themes of violence, drugs or sex
  • tank tops
  • pants which require the use of a belt
  • skirts or dresses
  • underwire bras (disallowed for the first 24 hours, please provide at least 1 sports bra if needed)
  • thong underwear
  • clothes with long metal zippers
  • cell phones
  • tablets
  • laptop computers
  • handheld game systems
  • any item with WiFi capability
  • any item which can take photos
  • any recording device (video or audio)
  • sharp items such as knives or scissors
  • long sleeved shirts are required for those with visible self harm scars or injuries
What insurance do we work with?

Please note, our contracts change over time. Please call our Access department to see if we can accept an insurance not listed below.

Currently, for our Subacute program, we can accept:

  • Most Oregon Health Plan CCOs
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Moda
  • PacificSource commercial plans


Visiting your child

You will be given the opportunity to add people to a contact list to visit or call your child while they are in Subacute. Family and supportive adults are allowed on the contact list, we do not allow friends or significant others to be on the list. Please note, we do not place those under 18 on the contact list unless they are family members. Only those on the contact list will be permitted to call your child.

Phone calls are generally permitted in the morning before groups begin, during unit movie time, and during evening free time. You may request a copy of your child’s unit schedule for more precise times. Phone calls are limited to 10 minutes in length.

Visiting hours are from 12:15-1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. for adolescents and 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. for children during the week and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekends and holidays. We ask that you limit your visits to one hour or less. If you need to arrange a visit outside these hours, please coordinate with your Child and Family Therapist.