Treatment Overview

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KVC Hospitals provides compassionate treatment at our inpatient hospitals and residential treatment centers for youth ages 6 to 17 who are experiencing behavioral and mental health challenges. As an industry leader in psychiatric treatment, we provide an array of innovative programs to help youth achieve mental health wellness through psychiatric, medical, therapeutic, and educational services as well as emotion regulation and social skills development.

View our Admissions Handbook to learn more about the admissions process and our treatment programs. 

Treatment Overview

Whether a child is receiving inpatient or residential treatment, they will receive the following:

  • Full medical, clinical and nursing assessment
  • Psychiatric evaluation and medication management (if medication is needed)
  • Care coordination
  • Support and supervision from our trained nursing staff
  • Innovative treatment and education to teach youth about their brains and how to regulate their emotions
  • Individual, family and group therapy sessions
    • Individual therapy: Our licensed therapists help youth identify and understand their challenges, and learn new skills to deal with stress.
    • Family therapy: As a vital aspect of treatment, therapists help your family improve communication, enhance your family’s ability to help your child, and provide a better understanding of mental health issues and behavioral concerns.
    • Group therapy: In traditional or expressive therapy sessions like art, music or recreation, our therapists work with a group of clients to improve social skills, enhance coping skills and strengthen communication.

What’s the Difference Between a KVC Inpatient Hospital and a KVC Residential Treatment Center?

Our team is expertly trained in helping families navigate the treatment process, including identifying the type of treatment that can best support each child. Call our Admissions department at (913) 890-7468 to discuss your child’s specific needs so we can help you determine the best next steps in their care. Below is a quick summary of the main differences between treatment in a KVC inpatient hospital and a KVC residential treatment center.

Inpatient Hospitalization

Residential Treatment

A youth entering this type of treatment is typically in an active mental health emergency. For example, they may have a plan to harm themself or attempt suicide or they may be at risk of harming someone else. A youth entering this type of treatment is typically not in an active mental health emergency. They are having ongoing struggles managing their symptoms and haven’t experienced improvements with outpatient services.
The goal of inpatient treatment is to stabilize the crisis the child is experiencing so they can discharge to a lower level of care as soon as safely possible. The goal of residential treatment is to provide youth with long-term intensive clinical services where they can practice skills for coping and emotion regulation.
Youth don’t attend school so they can stay fully focused on treatment and healing. Youth attend school at the onsite KVC Prep School while receiving treatment.
A child’s guardian can admit them or referrals can be made by primary physicians, community mental health centers, school personnel, hospitals or emergency departments, case managers, or another person involved in a child’s wellbeing. Guardian consent is always required for admission. A referral is typically made by the child’s insurance company or local community mental health center. Sometimes there is a waitlist for residential treatment in the State of Kansas, and in that situation, a child is added to the waitlist until a bed becomes available. Guardian consent is always required for admission.
Inpatient acute treatment typically has an average length of stay of four to seven days. Residential treatment is typically longer-term with an average length of stay of one to three months.

Call us at (913) 890-7468

Treatment Goals

psychiatric treatment

Treatment goals are always individualized to meet the unique needs of each client and typically include:

  • Identify and resolve the immediate crisis leading to aggressive and/or self-destructive behaviors
  • Identify and strengthen resources to support healthy development and ongoing safe behavior
  • Improve emotion regulation, communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Organize services and community resources to support a timely discharge to a less restrictive environment

Treatment Reviews

Our treatment teams collaborate with the youth, their families, and community members to guarantee a safe and well-planned discharge. We are also committed to identifying continuing aftercare services to help cultivate the successful reintegration of children into their homes and the long-term wellness of the family system.

The clients we serve are often struggling with: