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    Inpatient Programs

    Acute Care

    When children are a danger to themselves or others, or display out-of-control aggressive behavior and need medication stabilization, short-term, intensive acute care is needed.

    A child must be referred to a Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) inpatient program by a licensed clinical professional. Admission is available around the clock; a hospital stay is usually 4 to 7 days.

    The acute care program provides the highest degree of structure as the treatment team works to stabilize and return the child to the home. Services and treatment include:

    • Behavioral crisis and medical stabilization
    • Case management
    • Diet plan if needed
    • Discharge planning
    • Evaluations – may include psychiatric, medical, psychological, functional/sensory motor
    • Nursing care
    • Parental skill building
    • Psychiatric and medication evaluations and treatment
    • School programming and educational case management
    • Therapy, individual and family

    VTCC accepts commercial health insurances, Tricare, Medicaid and Medicaid HMOs.

    Inpatient Psychiatric Evaluation Programs

    When a child's behavior is not so extreme that it meets the criteria for acute care but still requires a medically safe and secure environment, the child may be admitted for an evaluation.

    A standard evaluation:

    • Focuses on several clinical issues
    • Includes specific assessments as needed, i.e., psychological testing, or occupational and educational assessments
    • Is a 30-day assessment at most
    • Is ideal when there is a history of multiple hospitalizations without symptom relief, or
    • Is intended for the child who requires extended observation
    • Provides a trial of treatment

    A brief evaluation:

    • Addresses a focused clinical question, usually for a chronic crisis
    • Is a maximum 15-day assessment

    Each evaluation includes a detailed nursing assessment and a full psychiatric evaluation to establish a medical diagnosis.

    The treatment team for both the acute care and evaluation programs comprises:

    • Behavioral counselors
    • Board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist
    • Clinical social workers
    • Dietitians
    • Psychologists
    • Psychiatric registered nurses
    • Special educators
    • Therapists – occupational, art, music and recreational

    A child may be referred for an evaluation by the parents, school system, local social services department or Comprehensive Service Act team. A VTCC Application must be completed and submitted with previous clinical information in order for the child to be admitted.

    VTCC accepts third-party insurance combined with community funding as payment for evaluation services. Inpatient evaluations are generally not covered by insurance; however, the insurance carrier will be billed before community funds may be used.

    School Program

    VTCC's school program provides academic instruction for children admitted to our inpatient programs, through funding from the Virginia State Department of Education.  It operates on a public school calendar with a limited summer program late June through August.

    The curriculum for each grade level is based on the Virginia Standards of Learning, but is individualized for each student and accommodates individual educational plans (IEP) and Section 504 plans.

    Teachers are licensed and certified in special education with endorsements in emotional disturbance or learning disabilities.

    Contact and Location

    To make an inpatient referral to VTCC, call 1-855-546-7792.

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