Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services

Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services

Our mission is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for children and adolescents with psychiatric and behavior disorders.

Hampstead Hospital's Child and Adolescent Program (CAP) is a secure inpatient treatment program that provides intensive stabilization for children and adolescents with extremely challenging psychiatric and behavior disorders.

Our treatment team works collaboratively with families, outpatient providers, and other support systems to develop a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan for each child. At Hampstead Hospital we recognize that a child's successful transition to a less restrictive setting depends on effective collaboration with the family and outpatient team.

Why Hospitalization May be Needed

Our program helps children whose disruptive behaviors have led to problems in their relationships and their ability to safely function at school, home or in the community. We treat diagnoses such as depression, suicidal tendencies, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, or psychotic disorders. Many of our children may struggle with controlling their anger and are defiant or oppositional at home or school. Some may also be experimenting with illegal substances or alcohol.

About Our Program

Our inpatient unit treats children and adolescents of ages 10-18 who require comprehensive evaluation and intensive inpatient crisis stabilization.

  • Treatment Team
    Our CAP team is comprised of specialized professionals and includes board-certified psychiatrists and psychologists, nurses, social workers, therapeutic recreation specialist, educational coordinator, and mental health counselors. Board-certified family practice doctors provide consultation on a daily basis for medical issues. Consultations for other special medical concerns are available, as needed.
  • Medication Evaluation
    Our board-certified psychiatrists review each patient's current medications and develop a comprehensive medication assessment and treatment plan. Medication education is provided to all patients and families, to ensure a safe transition to home medication therapies.

Concept Awareness Program

A consistent treatment approach, a safe environment, and constant monitoring of behaviors is critical when working with children and adolescents in crisis.

Our Concept Awareness Program focuses on specific skills and concepts that may be impaired due to mental illness or impulsive behaviors. Our Program helps children identify skills and gives them the opportunity to practice these skills in a safe environment. As a result, children learn to form healthy relationships, make positive choices, and safely cope within their environment. The seven concepts we use are:

  • Communication
  • Coping
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Interactions
  • Stress Management
  • Healthy Boundaries
  • Anger Management

The Program is a daily focus for the patients during their stay. They choose from a variety of daily assignments to complete, including: developing a safety plan, positive affirmations, and identifying alternative ways to manage difficult feelings. Daily goals are set to give each child a sense of accomplishment. Improved understanding and use of these seven concepts prepare a child for a successful transition from the hospital.

Group Programming

Additional activities and creative outlets are scheduled throughout the day for our patients. These additional groups and activities help with positive peer interactions, problem-solving skills, and building self-esteem. Some of these include:

  • Positive self-care
  • Adventure-based groups
  • Dialectical-Behavior Therapy
  • Exercise
  • Cooperative activities
  • Life Skills Training

School Program

During their stay, children and adolescents have the opportunity to participate in our educational program. A certified teacher provides academic and tutorial support to all students. Children may use this time to complete their own make-up work or to participate in age-appropriate curriculum developed by the hospital teacher. Classes are scheduled five days a week for two hours daily.

All educational services are provided pending parental or guardian consent. We strongly believe that communication among parents, the school system, and the hospital teacher is crucial to ensure a successful transition for students when they return to school.

Family Involvement and Aftercare Planning

Family involvement is crucial during a child's hospitalization. An initial family meeting is scheduled with our clinical social workers and psychiatrist to discuss the goals, treatment plan, and aftercare supports. Our clinical social workers work with the family and the outpatient teams to coordinate aftercare services and a successful transition at the time of discharge.

Our visiting hours are extremely flexible to accommodate families and their busy schedules.

Transition Services

Step-down to partial hospitalization is available, as needed, to provide a transition for successful discharge to the community.