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Inpatient program

VTCC mental health inpatient program for children

We provide round-the-clock inpatient care in a supportive environment, with the goal of stabilizing and safely transitioning children and adolescents back into their daily lives.

Coordinated care includes: 

  • Crisis stabilization (assessment and diagnosis by a multidisciplinary team) 
  • Educational services 
  • Individual, group and family psychotherapy  
  • Medication assessment and management 
  • Psychiatric services 
  • Nutritional services including meeting special dietary needs by working with a registered dietician 
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pet therapy 
  • Recreational therapy 
  • School services 
  • Child life 

We work with families and communities to ensure that children receive follow-up care and support services after leaving the hospital. The average inpatient stay is five to seven days. Inpatient care is available for children as young as three.  

Our VTCC mental health facility is an environment of healing and hope

Our new facility is the only of its kind on the east coast. We have transformed the mental health care environment from an institutional style building to an inspirational, light-filled, nature-themed building designed to turn heartbreak into hope.

Our inpatient facilities include: 

  • 32 inpatient rooms with private baths and accommodations for parents to stay with children 
  • Therapy mall for occupational, recreational, art, music and play therapy 
  • Inpatient K-12 school programs 
  • Dining hall for families and team members 
  • Half-court gym  
  • Outdoor playgrounds and recreation spaces 
  • Internal gardens 
  • On-site Cameron K. Gallagher Mental Health Resource Center  

We’re transforming children’s mental health. Take a tour of VTCC to learn more.

What to expect with inpatient care

Our inpatient care is designed to meet the unique needs of each child and their family. This means we include:

  • Accommodations for you to spend the night in your child’s room 
  • Collaborative problem-solving 
  • Trauma-informed care to address the complex effects of trauma (separation, homelessness, violence, sexual abuse, etc.)  
  • Child psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, therapists, mental health partners and other team members who get to know each child 
  • On-site pharmacists who works with the physicians to manage medications 
  • Flexible visiting hours for families and loved ones 
  • Family participation throughout treatment  
  • Child life support to help children adjust to the hospital and understand treatment 

Visitation and spending the night  

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