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Crisis Psychiatric Care for Youth

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

About Kerr’s Crisis Psychiatric Care for Youth (SUBACUTE)

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

Youth and families are assigned to an attending child and adolescent psychiatrist and a child and family therapist.

Our multi-disciplinary team includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, and milieu psychiatric technicians.

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
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication management by a psychiatrist
  • Individual therapy twice weekly
  • Family therapy twice weekly
  • Skill-building groups
  • Daily therapeutic arts activities, including visual arts, music, and movement
  • Daily indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, including baseball, skateboarding, and soccer
  • Continued school enrollment and classes through Multnomah Education Service District
  • Access to primary assessment by our Nurse Practitioners, as needed
  • Rapid access to psychological testing, if deemed medically appropriate
  • Care coordination with outside providers
  • Case management
  • Robust safety planning for discharge to the community
  • Referral to ongoing mental health services upon discharge
Your team

The treatment team includes:

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

Our program accepts referrals for children and adolescents ages 5 through 17 years old experiencing an acute mental health crisis.

The youth we serve typically pose an imminent risk of harm to themselves or others, making a secure care setting and intensive mental health treatment appropriate.

We carefully assess each referral to ensure that the type and level of care we provide through our short-term Subacute program will be therapeutic and in the youth’s best interest.

When a short-term Subacute level of care is insufficient or too restrictive, we will not admit the referred youth. If needed, we will issue a formal decline to help the youth access a more appropriate level of care.

Who can refer to Subacute?

We accept referrals from:

  • Emergency Departments and hospitals
  • Outpatient clinicians
  • 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, QMHPs include psychiatrists, mental health therapists, social workers, psychologists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. Guardians cannot self-refer to this level of care.

Subacute Referral Packet and Form

Click here to download Kerr’s Subacute Referral Packet.

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 under the awning at the end of the parking lot. Ring the doorbell and our staff will greet you.

What your child needs to bring

Our goal is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for all youth and staff.

Youth are encouraged to bring personal items that enhance comfort and safety in their private bedrooms.

For example, we encourage clients to bring their favorite clothing, pillows, stuffed animals, books, personal snacks, and music players.

Upon admission, clients and guardians will receive a complete list of what to and what not to bring.

What insurance do we work with?

Most health insurance companies will cover the costs for a medically necessary stay at our facility. We currently contract with a variety of health plans. If you don’t see the youth’s insurance listed, please call our Access team at 503-408-4705 to find out whether we may be able to secure coverage for the referred youth.

Currently, for our Subacute program, we can accept:

  • Most Oregon Health Plan CCOs
  • BlueCross
  • CareOregon HealthShare
  • Columbia Pacific
  • DMAP/Open Card
  • GOHBI Eastern Oregon
  • Jackson Care Connect
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Moda
  • PacificSource 
  • PacificSource Medicaid
  • Providence Health Plan
  • Samaritan
  • Trillium Medicaid
  • Yamhill County 


Visiting your child

We believe ongoing, positive community support is an integral part of healing.

We love welcoming family, pets, and other supportive adults (such as caseworkers, teachers, and therapists) to our program in person and virtually.

In collaboration with the client, guardians are invited to create a safe-contact list for the youth while they are in our care.

Before admission, youth and guardians receive detailed information about scheduling phone calls, virtual visits, and in-person visits.

We continue vigilantly monitoring COVID rates in the community and adjusting precautions as needed.