Welcome to the Child & Adolescent Acute Unit at Virginia Baptist Hospital!
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Art is an invaluable aid for staff in building relationships and children's confidence, as well as positively engaging children.
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Centra Acute Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit

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Centra Acute Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit

We provide short-term (4-6 day average) inpatient care for children and adolescents ages 5-18 in need of immediate stabilization to help with severe emotional or behavioral problems.  We provide interdisciplinary, evidence-based and age-appropriate therapeutic approaches in a highly structured environment.  The unit is in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, VA.

For admission evaluations, please go to:
  • the nearest emergency room
  • local mental health provider
  • community services board

      OR call 911

Referrals - please call:

24 hrs/day 7days/week.

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  • assessment and consultation
  • crisis stabilization services
  • diagnostic evaluation
  • medication management
  • collaboration with families and community resources
  • comprehensive discharge planning.
  • Anger, aggression management
  •  Behavior management
  •  Conflict resolution
  •  Mood management
  •  Personal accountability
  •  Problem-solving
  •  Social skills
  •  Trust and respect
  • Individual therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Family therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Skill-building psychoeducational group therapies
  • Reactional therapy (including expressive therapy groups and pet therapy
Collaborative Problem Solving
Collaborative Problem Solving

Although not directly certified and reviewed by Think Kids, our Child & Adolescent Acute Psychiatric Program adheres to the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) model with our patients. We encourage all parents/caregivers to explore Collaborative Problem Solving as a means of improving communication at ThinkKids.org.