Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment

We provide acute stabilization and treatment for children ages 6-18 who are experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, impacts of trauma, and other mental health challenges.


Our acute hospitalization programs provide:

  • Intensive psychiatric care and medication management
  • Individual, family and group therapy services
  • Case coordination services
  • Pediatric assessment and treatment
  • 24- hour support and supervision from our trained behavioral health nursing staff
  • Innovative programming to build emotion regulation, behavior management, and pro-social skills

What to Expect During Acute Hospitalization


Your admission to KVC will likely include initial assessments and introductions to your new program. Once on your new program you will:

  • Be assigned a room
  • Be oriented and receive information about the program
  • Begin attending groups and activities as soon as possible

First few days

Your first few days will include various meetings and planning sessions. Please be prepared to meet with a:

  • Therapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Pediatrician or medical doctor
  • Nutritionist (if needed)
  • Nurse

During your stay at KVC

Everyone at KVC is expected to be safe, trustworthy, accountable and respectful of themselves, others and the environment. Here are few daily activities you will participate in during your stay:

  • Staff members are available 24 hours a day to help you process through difficult emotions and find a resolution for any concerns.
  • Children are allowed to receive phone calls from approved contacts
  • Groups are provided throughout the day including; education, emotion regulation, behavior management, nursing, social skills and conflict resolution
  • You will meet with your therapist regularly to participate in individual, group and family therapies
  • You will be provided daily opportunities for recreation and exercise
  • Nurses are available 24 hours a day to address any medical concerns or issues with medication
  • Treatment teams meet daily to discuss readiness for discharge and communicate discharge plans with children and families
  • School work can be brought to the unit and completed as needed
  • School services may also be available, if appropriate


To help your child be successful after his or her stay at KVC, the treatment team will work with you to identify and coordinate follow-up care in your home community. When possible, we will help schedule these appointments prior to your child’s discharge, in order to guarantee your child has access to the necessary resources upon returning home. Aftercare services might include individual therapy, family therapy/education, specialized educational services, medication management, psychosocial/supportive groups, substance abuse treatment, attendant care and/or case management services.