Psychiatric Center for Children and Adolescents (PCCA)
Psychiatric Center for Children and Adolescents (PCCA)
When your child suffers, you suffer, too. Sometimes you’re not sure whether a concerning behavior is a passing phase or a sign that your child needs professional help. The Psychiatric Center for Children and Adolescents at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital can provide answers and relief.
Our pediatric psychiatrists provide a wide array of services, from outpatient diagnosis and care to short-term hospital-based services. We help kids age 12 to 18 get back on track after a mental health emergency. We work with other medical specialists to provide safe emergency evaluation, stabilization, referrals and treatment.
We understand the unique needs and concerns of children and families. Your child will receive care in a comfortable, protected environment with personalized guidance and support. We’ll keep you informed and involved throughout every step of your child’s care.
Our team assists youth with a variety of mental health, emotional and behavioral issues. We also help with the challenges of chronic or severe illness, including managing therapies, taking medication and following treatment plans.
We treat these and other conditions in children and adolescents:
- Adjustment disorders
- Anger problems
- Anxiety disorders
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Behavior problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Communication problems
- Eating disorders
- Emotional problems
- Excessive worry or fearfulness
- Grief and loss
- Learning disorders
- Mood disorders
- Obsessive or compulsive behaviors
- Oppositional behavior
- Social and relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
Reach out to us if problems persist or grow severe and you would like a sensitive, child-focused evaluation. It’s an important first step toward a happier, healthier child and family.
We offer these and other services in our 24-bed inpatient facility:
- Assessment and consultation: Our psychiatrists and other specialists provide expert evaluation and assistance for a variety of needs, including school, social services and court procedures.
- Inpatient treatment: This short-term, hospital-based treatment assists children and teens who have a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Care focuses on evaluating and stabilizing symptoms and referring to outpatient services as needed.
- Integrated care: Many children have both medical and mental health concerns such as transplant surgery evaluation, preparation and recovery or managing diabetes, cancer or other illness. We work with subspecialists to tend to your child’s body, mind and spirit.
- Outpatient services: Convenient clinic care includes psychiatric evaluation, consultation and therapies for chronic or complex mental health concerns. We work with outpatient clinicians to ensure a safe transition from inpatient to outpatient and home care.
- Pediatric care: Our child-friendly team supports psychiatric care with health services such as preventative checkups, developmental tracking and diagnosis.
After clinic evaluation, doctors may recommend our hospital-based BEST day-treatment program for some young people with behavioral problems that are affecting their school work and relationships with friends and family. BEST provides intensive therapy for children ages 8-12.
BEST therapists work closely with your family, your child’s school, and other agencies to provide assistance tailored to your unique child. Your child will work with a team that includes a psychiatrist, registered nurse, clinical social worker, mental health counselor and a public school instructor to help them transition back to outpatient care.
When children or teens come to the emergency department with a mental health crisis, care teams may refer them to the Psychiatric Center for Children and Adolescents for safe evaluation in a hospital.
Once admitted, patients receive round-the-clock care while our treatment team focuses on three primary treatment goals:
- Stabilize a mental health crisis
- Assess overall mental health
- Refer to appropriate services for ongoing care
Our hospital care team works with youth through therapies tailored to their individual needs. Therapies can include:
- Medication and medical care management
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), including emotion management
- DBT-informed skills group training and practice
During evaluation and treatment, Providence nurses and mental health counselors observe and interact with children. They ensure a safe environment and thorough psychological, behavioral and medical assessment and treatment.
Therapies include family therapy, safety planning and advocacy to help begin Individual Education Plan (IEP) assessments for school. This groundwork also assists social services in making referrals for ongoing care.
Once children and teens are ready to return home, PCCA works closely with families and outpatient therapists. We’re dedicated to helping everyone involved so your child has a smooth transition to a happier and healthier life.
We tailor care based on each individual’s unique condition and care needs. The typical length of stay is a week to nine days.
Our care providers understand how stressful this time can be for young people and families. We work closely with everyone involved to offer personalized, family-centered care.
Therapies and services vary depending on each individual needs. They include:
- Advocacy, including assistance with 504/IEP assessments for school
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)-informed skills groups
- Family therapy
- Medication management
- Observation by and interaction with nurses and mental health counselors
- Psychological, behavioral assessment and medical assessment
- Safety planning
- Social services assistance, including help with referrals for ongoing care
We work to ensure a safe environment to treat acute mental health conditions, including medical problems as needed. Your child’s care team will work alongside your family and therapists at outpatient clinics for follow-up care and a safe and smooth transition home.
During your recovery, your care team may include these and other specialists:
- Clinical social workers
- Licensed therapists
- Mental health counselors
- Public school instructors
- Registered nurses