VTCC provides 24-hour acute care for children and adolescents in a supportive environment. VTCC has 32 beds, including two units with 16 private rooms and baths each. Patient amenities include a half-court gymnasium, outdoor courtyards with play equipment and recreation activity areas.
The short-term acute care inpatient program seeks to stabilize children and adolescents and then transition them back home with mental health care support within their community. A typical inpatient stay ranges from 5-7 days.
Acute care program services include:
- Crisis stabilization, assessment and diagnosis by a multidisciplinary team
- Individual, group and family psychotherapy
- Medication assessment and management
- Medical management and psychiatric services
- Nutritional services including meeting special dietary needs by working with a registered dietitian
- Occupational therapy when clinically indicated
- Patient and family education
- Pet therapy
- Recreational therapy
- School services
What to Expect
Inpatient services at VTCC are designed to meet the unique needs of each patient and family. This includes:
- A collaborative problem-solving approach
- Trauma-informed care to help children and families with the complex effects of trauma (separation, homelessness, violence, sexual abuse, etc.)
- Child psychiatrists who get to know each child
- On-site pharmacist who works with the physicians to manage medications
- The ability for a parent/guardian to stay with their child during hospitalization
- Flexible visiting hours for families and loved ones
- Parent/guardian participation throughout treatment (including ability to spend the night)
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.
Spending the Night
Being in the hospital can be frightening for a child. We encourage parents/guardians to be present at VTCC as much as possible during their child's hospitalization. When clinically appropriate, we will allow a parent/guardian to spend the night with their child.
Parents/guardians are allowed to visit at any time. Scheduled visitation hours are available for other visitors and vary by patient. Please check with your child's nurse for more information.
- All adult visitors are required to sign in and out with the receptionist and provide a picture ID.
- Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Meals and a la carte foods are served in a dedicated cafeteria; parents/guardians are welcome to eat with their child. There is a charge for parent/guardian meals.
Contact and Location
A child must be referred to VTCC's inpatient program by a licensed clinical professional. Admission is available around the clock.
Virginia Treatment Center for Children
1308 Sherwood Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Free parking is available at the side inpatient entrance and on Sherwood Avenue.
Virginia Treatment Center for Children is a hospital inpatient and outpatient facility of the VCU Medical Center.