The Brook Hospital – Dupont offers a highly structured Child Psychiatric Inpatient Program that utilizes the Medical Model of Treatment for treating children (ages 5–12) who are experiencing problems with psychiatric illnesses and/or emotional disorders. This program is designed to provide the highest level of direct patient care that is possible which includes physical, social, spiritual, medical and psychotherapeutic treatment interventions.
The Child Psychiatric Inpatient Program Services include the following:
- A secure milieu with 24-hour skilled nursing care
- Thorough assessment by a registered nurse and development of an initial treatment plan
- Evaluation and crisis stabilization by a multidisciplinary team (including a nurse, social worker, activity therapist, special education teacher, pediatrician, dietitian and psychologist) directed by a child psychiatrist
- Psychiatric evaluation by a psychiatrist
- Physical examination and intervention by a physician
- Pharmacological interventions as indicated
- Development of a master treatment plan by a multidisciplinary team which is problem-oriented, goal-directed, contains measurable objectives and addresses criteria for discharge
- Development of a comprehensive discharge plan
- A level privilege system that is designed to match the responsibilities and privileges available to a patient with the level of progress shown in the treatment program. The level privilege system is a form of therapeutic levels defining privileges earned by a child each day for the child’s efforts to be responsible, respectful of others, treatment focused and compliant with directions
- Therapy groups that include focus groups, dealing with issues related to grief and loss, anger nutrition, children of alcoholic parents, feelings, problem-solving, self-awareness and others as indicated
- Individual psychotherapy with a qualified child psychiatrist
- Family participation in treatment which includes family therapy and educational groups.
- Educational needs and priorities for each patient are assessed and those needs are responded to through an individualized program of instruction developed by a special education teacher
Following completion of the Child Psychiatric Inpatient Program, an appropriate referral is then made for the patient to continue treatment in the least restrictive level of care possible (i.e., partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, aftercare programs). The level of care recommended is determined by the individual needs of the patient.