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.

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    Phone numbers for specific programs: • Eating Disorder Program: 720-777-6452 • Medical Day Treatment Program: 720-777-2900 • Neuropsychiatric Special Care Program: 720-777-3191 • Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program: 720-777-4360 • Psychiatric Day Treatment Program & School Refusal Program: 720-777-7794

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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.

Learn more about our programs, and join us in breaking the stigma of mental health.

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

Boulder Magazine

Worried Sick: Kids As Young as 3 Are Experiencing Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a normal, even beneficial, part of the human experience. However, an alarmingly high level of anxiety among children and adolescents is prompting healthcare professionals, parents, and communities to investigate what is making our kids so anxious that they are becoming chronically ill.


Mother, Composer Suffered Postpartum OCD

A composer who struggled with postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder found healing and support through the Healthy Expectations Mental Health Perinatal Program led by Dr. Celeste St. John-Larkin. She decided to put her journey to music and composed "String Quartet OCD."


Debate Over Media's Responsibility to Vulnerable Viewers

Netflix released "To the Bone," a film based on a young woman's struggle with anorexia. Guests including Jennifer, Hagman, MD, medical director of the Eating Disorders Program, discussed the debate on how the media influence and glamorize the disorder and other sensitive topics and how that influences viewers.


Research Explores How Youth Access to Guns is Linked to Mental Health Issues

Eric Sigel, MD, adolescent medicine, was interviewed on the new research he led that looks into how access to guns among adolescents is an indicator of more mental health issues and violent behavior. "We've made great progress in terms of deaths from motor vehicle accidents. However, death by firearm, those rates really haven't changed. And in fact, the last year of data available in 2015 showed a bit of an increase in the highest rate of death from firearms since 2008. So it really is a critical, critical problem," said Sigel.