Inpatient Services for Children and Adolescents

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at Mount Sinai offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, severe disruptive behavior disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders and suicidality. The program consists of two dedicated units with separate facilities for children and adolescents.

Treatment plans include a combination of individual psychotherapy, behavior management, family counseling, school intervention, and medication as required. Staff members develop an individualized treatment plan emphasizing safety for each patient during the hospital stay, and the plan is closely coordinated with families, outpatient providers, and other support services to recommend and implement aftercare plans.

The inpatient treatment team is led by two child and adolescent psychiatrists and includes an interdisciplinary staff consisting of registered nurses, social workers, psychiatry residents, child psychiatry fellows, occupational and recreational therapists, and mental health workers. There is a Board of Education School Program that runs on the unit staffed by New York State certified special education teachers. Pediatricians from a full range of medical subspecialties are available for consultations if needed. The multidisciplinary staff works with families and other support systems involved with the child and his/her care throughout the child’s stay.