• Psychiatry Inpatient Admission

    The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s acute crisis units focus on stabilizing patients, most of whom stay an average of three to five days.

    In total, our hospital has 92 inpatient beds available to serve youth ages 2-18, who are experiencing a mental health crisis. To best meet the different needs and ages of the children we care for, we have units that focus on:

    • Adolescents (12-18) with a mental / behavioral disorder
    • Youth (8-18) with both a mental/behavioral diagnosis and developmental disability
    • Young children (2-8) who have a mental/behavioral health diagnosis 
    • Youth with chronic medical conditions in addition to mental health diagnosis
    • Youth with a mental health diagnosis and eating disorder such as anorexia / bulimia. 

    Youth admitted for inpatient treatment could participate in various therapeutic and medical treatment depending on his / her personal needs. Your child's inpatient stay could include: 

  • Throughout your child’s inpatient hospitalization, she will have the opportunity to participate in daily group therapy sessions. These sessions focus on topics such as social skills, self-expression, coping skills, recreation and life skills. Groups include:

    • Goals group
    • Community meeting group
    • Social skills group
    • Coping skills group
    • Self-expression group
    • Life skills group
    • Recreation group

    Our staff design groups to provide the maximum benefit for your child. They are an integral part of your child’s treatment. More information about our therapy groups.

    When a child is admitted to one of our inpatient units, our occupational therapists conduct an assessment to see if occupational therapy could help him  address difficulties with completing daily and routine tasks, interacting with peers and staff, effectively managing frustration and mood changes, and organizing thoughts for effective problem solving.

    Our occupational therapy program uses an activity-based approach to highlight areas of strength and engage the child in functional and age-appropriate tasks. This increases independence in self-care, social skills, leisure activities, coping skills, cognition and sensory processing. More information about our occupational therapy.

    Children and adolescents with psychiatric diagnoses often have difficulty with communication or social language use. Our speech-language pathologists provide treatment to help your child address communication problems such as difficulty expressing emotions, using appropriate language to handle stressful emotions, and using body language and facial expressions to communicate nonverbally.

    Speech-language therapy may be conducted in individual or group sessions, depending on your child’s individual needs. More information about our speech-language pathology services.

    Child Life at Cincinnati Children’s has been an integral part of the hospital’s team for more than 75 years. Certified Child Life specialists provide emotional, developmental and social support to patients and their families through activities, as well as through resources for age-appropriate play. The Child Life team provides support for patients and families during times of crisis. More information about Child Life
    Music therapists use music-centered therapy to help your child meet her treatment goals and cope with stress, fear, and anger. Our team of certified music therapists provides group and individual music therapy sessions to help your child reduce stress, feel happier and learn to better manage difficult emotions. More information about our music therapy.

    Patients are evaluated upon admission and, if a chemical abuse problem is identified, we offer individual and group therapy sessions through one of our inpatient or residential units, depending on the child’s needs.

    Our chemical dependency counselor works hand in hand with patients and their families to address addiction or drug abuse behaviors during treatment stays for co-existing psychiatric disorders.

    Our staff provides families with a better understanding of the treatment process, and we help youth understand the effect drugs have on their development and future problems that can occur with continued use. More information about our chemical dependency program.