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Acute Hospitalization

Acute Care at Heartland

Acute care services cater to both male and female patients ages 4 through 17 and act as a short term crisis stabilization service. Our admissions line accepts calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week from parents and/or referral sources in regards to children that may be struggling and need to be placed into an intensive therapeutic environment. These children 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. The average length of stay 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 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

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.

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