Acute Hospitalization

AcuteHeartland Behavioral Health Services offers comprehensive acute psychiatric treatment for male and female children beginning with our pre-adolescent program at age 4 through adolescents, age 18. The average length of stay in both programs is 7-14 days.

Admissions Criteria

One or more of the following criteria must be met within the past 24 hours:

  • Threatening to, or behaving in a manner considered dangerous to self or others.
  • Continued destruction of property.
  • Unable to function socially, educationally or in the family environment.
  • Pre-existing psychiatric conditions that are impacting the child’s ability to maintain safety in the community.
  • No significant progress with outpatient treatment and the patient requires medication evaluation, special services or continuous skilled observation.
  • Continued failure to be successful in a less restrictive environment, such as a foster home or group home setting.

Program Components

  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Medication evaluation
  • Individual Treatment Team Planning
  • Behavior management program
  • Activity therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Patient education groups
  • Group therapy
  • Substance abuse assessment and treatment: On an individual basis

Program Features

  • Assessment: Covering physical, psychological and social aspects
  • Therapy: group, family, expressive, individual
  • Activities: Educational, recreational, creative arts, team building, cooperative play
  • Discharge planning for aftercare
  • Treatment team: Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses, mental health workers
  • Reimbursement: Commercial insurance (Blue Cross/Blue Shield), Medicaid, private pay, TRICARE (Military)
  • Admissions: On-call admission staff is available 24 hours/7 days a week

Sample Schedule