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Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit

Director: Marco Grados, M.D.

Located on the 12th floor of The Bloomberg Children's Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Service offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents (typical age ranges  from 5-16 years old) with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, severe disruptive behavior, and suicide attempts. 

Treatment Team

The inpatient treatment team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses, special education teachers, child life specialists, social workers, speech and language pathologists, and occupational and recreational therapists. In addition, pediatricians from a full range of medical subspecialties are available for consultations. The multi-disciplinary staff emphasizes a family-oriented approach and parents and care-givers are encouraged to be active participants in the treatment team throughout a child’s stay.

Treatment Program

The program offers developmentally appropriate therapeutic activities in a closely supervised environment. Extensive opportunities for observation, assessment, and intervention are possible in this intensive setting. Specialized assessments including neuropsychological testing, speech and language testing, and occupational therapy assessments are all available. School is part of the program and children can earn academic credit for work done during their stay.

Treatment plans typically include a combination of individual psychotherapy, behavior management, family counseling and medications. Staff members develop an individualized treatment plan emphasizing safety for each patient during the hospital stay. The plan is closely coordinated with families, outpatient providers, and resource programs to coordinate aftercare plans and facilitate a smooth transition to home.

Admissions

For additional information about arranging an admission please contact the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Admissions Office during business hours at (410) 955-5335.

 
 
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