Child and Adolescent Inpatient and Day Treatment Behavioral Health Program
Young people in Northeast Wisconsin face many challenges today – at school, in their families and communities. The caring professionals at the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health program at Affinity Health System seek to understand the whole picture when we assess and treat children and adolescents with mental health, behavior or substance abuse issues.
Affinity Health System offers the only inpatient program in the Fox Cities or Oshkosh with board-certified specialists for children.
Treatments and Services
The Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health program is an acute care setting at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. Patients may stay overnight (inpatient) or return home each evening. The 13-bed secured unit provides a safe environment to treat children and adolescents age 6 to 18 for mood, anxiety and thought disorders, eating disorders, alcohol and other drug addictions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disruptive behaviors, as well as grief and past abuse issues.
Our expert team includes Affinity psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, alcohol and drug counselors, occupational therapists, teachers, nutritionists, recreation therapists and chaplains.
Each child receives a treatment plan based on individual needs. Twice a week, the patient’s entire caregiving team meets, to give your child a chance to understand how the different parts of his or her care relate.
Family participation in treatment is critical for a child’s success. Families meet with members of the treatment team when your child is admitted, and as needed during treatment. Immediate family members can visit during visiting times. Other visits require approval by the treatment team.
Working with Schools
The caregiving team, together with the family, develops a plan for your child to keep up with school work during treatment. They also help plan for a smooth transition back to school afterwards. By encouraging positive communication among the student, family and school, the caregiving team helps promote future school and social success for your child.