Children's Hospital Colorado
Pediatric Mental Health Institute

Pediatric Mental Health Institute

Dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of children and adolescents by expanding the reach of evidence-based, family-focused mental health care.

The Pediatric Mental Health Institute (PMHI) provides the highest quality mental health services to children, adolescents and their families. We strive to deliver evidence-based, family-focused and youth-centered services that make a difference. In addition to our cutting-edge clinical services, we are also dedicated to training the next generation of mental health professionals and conducting research to advance the field of child and adolescent mental health.

Our interdisciplinary teams include psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, nurses and creative art therapists who specialize in addressing the unique treatment needs of each and every child and adolescent we serve. We provide a complete continuum of psychiatric services including outpatient, partial hospitalization, inpatient and emergency services for children and adolescents. We treat children from birth to 18 years of age. No matter the challenge, we collaborate with families to promote healthy outcomes.

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Outpatient services

1ST Comprehensive pediatric program in the region
100+ Mental health professionals
3 Convenient locations for outpatient care

Our outpatient services include individual, family and group therapies with a specific focus on evidence-based treatments to address behavioral, emotional and social concerns, as well as medication management:

  • Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic
  • Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program
  • Eating Disorders Program

Partial hospitalization

Partial hospitalization includes structured and intensive daily programming for children and adolescents experiencing serious emotional and behavioral challenges:

  • Eating Disorders Program
  • Medical Day Treatment
  • Neuropsychiatric Special Care
  • Partial Hospitalization Program

Inpatient services

Our inpatient services include 24-hour care for children and adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis who require inpatient treatment for stabilization and safety.

  • Eating Disorders Program
  • Neuropsychiatric Special Care
  • Psychiatric Inpatient Program

Within all of our programs, we also offer Creative Arts Therapy.



Children's Colorado in the news

9News

Governor Polis signs bill aimed at reducing youth suicide

May 17, 2019

During the 2019 legislative session, experts from Children's Hospital Colorado championed a bill to improve mental health services for children and teens across the state. Gov. Jared Polis signed the bill into law at Children's Colorado in May 2019.

9News

Experts Discuss the Need for Additional Mental Health Resources for Young People

May 7, 2019

The suicide rate in Colorado has increased by 44 percent over the last 20 years. Jenna Glover, child psychologist, and Heidi Baskfield, VP of Population Health and Advocacy, discussed the need for more mental health resources in Colorado and Senate Bill 195.

9News

Teen Shares Experience With Anorexia to Help Others

March 29, 2019

Analicia Vargas, 18, shared her journey dealing with an eating disorder in hopes that it will help others like her. “There was always this voice in my head that was saying ‘don’t eat that,’ or ‘you’re going to gain weight,’ or ‘you won’t fit into your double zero jeans,” said Vargas.

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