Welcome to the Child & Adolescent Acute Unit at Virginia Baptist Hospital!
Nobody likes hospitals, least of all children, but we've injected our unit with cheerful, life-affirming, bright colors and art.
Art is an invaluable aid for staff in building relationships and children's confidence, as well as positively engaging children.
Kids need to play! Play therapy is one of our comprehensive therapies we find beneficial for our patients.
Dr. Namita Dhiman is the medical director of our child unit.

Child & Adolescent Acute Psychiatric Program

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Child & Adolescent Acute Psychiatric Program

We provide short-term acute inpatient care for children and adolescents ages 5-18 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.  The unit is in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, VA.

To be evaluated for admission, please go to

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

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 any level of care.

  • Services include:

    • assessment and consultation

    • crisis stabilization services

    • diagnostic evaluation

    • medication 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.

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