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Child & Adolescent Acute Psychiatric Program

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Child & Adolescent Acute Psychiatric Program

Our program provides short-term acute inpatient care for children and adolescents ages 5-8 in need of immediate stabilization to help with severe emotional or behavioral problems.  Patients will be in a structured environment and will receive interdisciplinary, evidence-based and age-appropriate therapeutic approaches.

To be evaluated for admission, please go to

  • the nearest emergency room
  • local mental health provider
  • community services board
  • OR call 911.

For referrals, call 434.200.4444 or 434-200-3033 -  24 hrs/day 7days/week.


  • 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)


  • Anger, aggression management
  •  Behavior management
  •  Conflict resolution
  •  Mood management
  •  Personal accountability
  •  Problem-solving
  •  Social skills
  •  Trust and respect


  • Average length of stay - 4 days

  • Children and teenagers can be referred from home or any level of care.

  • Services include:

    • assessment and consultation

    • crisis stabilization services

    • diagnostic evaluationmedication management

    • collaboration with families and community resources

    • comprehensive discharge planning.

Preparing for a stay


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.

Discharge Planning

Discharge Planning
Discharge Planning

Discharge planning and aftercare management is provided to ease and encourage the transition back into the home, school and community settings