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Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Child and Adolescent Services

Tucker Pavilion at Chippenham Hospital provides treatment programs uniquely designed for children five to 12 years old and adolescents 13 to 17 years old with emotional and behavioral health issues. Our services include inpatient stabilization and individualized recovery care plans that make safety and stabilization top priorities. Additionally we offer an outpatient short-term Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for adolescents ages 13-17. This program provides a flexible treatment option for those who need intensive, outpatient supports, evaluation by a psychiatrist or a gradual transition from an inpatient setting.

Our inpatient program offers stabilization for children and adolescents ages 5–17 that are in need of acute inpatient treatment. While maintaining patient safety is the primary goal, objectives of hospitalization include preliminary diagnosis, initiation of treatment, and connecting patients and their families with outpatient community resources for ongoing treatment. Each patient is unique and progress toward treatment goals is evaluated daily; however, the average length of a hospital stay is five to seven days.

Upon admission, members of the treatment team gather information from the patient and the parent/legal guardian to complete the following assessments:

  • Patient strengths
  • Psychiatric
  • Nursing
  • General physical health
  • Psychosocial
  • Activity/recreational

We also measure ongoing programming and progress based on response during:

  • Community/reflection meetings
  • Patient goal setting/progress
  • Sleep assessment
  • Medications
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Journal assignments
  • Group discussion on mental wellness topics such as emotions, coping, family, social skills, symptom management
  • Pet therapy
  • Yoga
  • Leisure and quiet times

Aftercare planning begins on admission. Outpatient plans will be arranged prior to discharge. An adolescent partial hospitalization program is available as a step-down from our inpatient care program for those who need additional structure and support.

The primary treatment team members discuss each patient daily to identify strengths, progress towards treatment goals, and continuing care needs.

Primary treatment team members include:

  • Patient and family
  • Psychiatrist – who is the attending physician
  • Nursing staff
  • Clinical care manager
  • Activities therapist

Supportive treatment team members can include:

  • Social worker
  • Psychologist
  • Pediatrician
  • Specialty physicians as clinically indicated

Visitation and participation from family members, like attending family meetings, is critical to the successful treatment of your child. If not present at time of admission, the treatment team will contact you via telephone to gather information such as:

  • Events/behaviors leading to admission
  • Activities that cause greater anxiety
  • Soothing items/activities – will utilize if possible
  • Activities that cause greater anxiety

Please bring copies of custody papers to ensure the treatment team is communicating with the appropriate guardian. The clinical care manager will schedule a family meeting to prepare for discharge.

Our team is available 24 hours a day to answer calls regarding your child. Patients may make/receive calls following therapeutic activities. Communication with family/legal guardians is encouraged. Contact with friends is not permitted as the focus is on stabilization during this acute phase of treatment.

Family/legal guardians are an important part of stabilization. Please limit visitors to two family members.

Child/Adolescent Visitation
Daily: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Please check with the staff for holiday visitation hours. Snacks are provided; however, we do not allow outside foods. Please limit comfort items, like a stuffed animal, to one.

At Tucker, we’re committed to short-term mental health services and offer an outpatient Partial Hospitalization Program for the treatment of adolescents. This program provides a treatment option for those who need a more intense outpatient treatment experience. This includes an evaluation by a psychiatrist, which may assist the individual who is transitioning from an inpatient setting. The program offers treatment during the day with the convenience of being home with loved ones in the evening.

This program is designed to help a patient who:

  • Is between the ages of 13-17
  • May be experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties
  • May have symptoms of depression, anxiety and/or other obstacles when functioning in everyday situations
  • Needs support to achieve stabilization
  • Needs to develop coping skills, learn to manage stress and coaching goal for achievement
  • May have recently had an inpatient psychiatric admission and needs step-down to a structured support program

Treatment:

  • Psychiatric and medication evaluation
  • Intensive group therapy addressing the developmental and social challenges of adolescents
  • Individual and family interventions
  • Social and recreational practice opportunities focused on building resiliency
  • Evidence-based recovery model based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Didactical Behavioral Therapy

To learn more about our Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program please call (804) 521-8975.

View our Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program Schedule

24-Hour Behavioral Health Access Line: (804) 483-0050