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Acute Hospitalization at Heartland Behavioral

Acute Hospitalization at Heartland Behavioral

Acute Care at Heartland

Our acute care services cater to both male and female patients ages 4 through 17 and act as a short-term crisis stabilization service. Our acute admissions line accepts calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week from parents and/or referral sources in regards to young people that may be going through a mental health crisis and need to be placed into an intensive therapeutic environment. 

Our patients are children and adolescents who may be a harm to themselves or others around them. During this time of a child’s crisis, it’s our objective to get the child admitted as quickly as possible. Once they are admitted, a treatment team will formulate a customized treatment plan, specifically addressed to individuals. The average length of stay of acute care hospitalization is five to seven 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 one’s 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 ability to maintain safety in the community
  • No significant progress with outpatient treatment
  • A requirement for 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

Treatment team: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses, mental health care workers

Planning: Discharge planning for aftercare

Reimbursement: Commercial insurance (Blue Cross/Blue Shield), Medicaid, private pay, TRICARE® (Military)

Admissions: On-call admission staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week


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Need Help? Give Us a Call.

Heartland Behavioral Health Services provides acute inpatient and residential treatment services to children and adolescents at our treatment facilities in Nevada, Missouri. We cannot offer a diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, however, our professional staff offer 24/7 assessments at no cost. We can be reached anytime by calling 800-654-9605. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.