Children's Hospital Colorado
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The Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado 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

 

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:

Partial hospitalization

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

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.

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

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Keeping you safe, wherever you are

We're here when you need us with the same safe, high-quality care we've always offered, even during the pandemic. Now, in many cases, you can get that care without even leaving home because we offer virtual visits across every one of our specialties.

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Get to know our pediatric experts.

Elida Benitez, MD

Elida Benitez, MD

Psychiatry

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Jennifer Hagman, MD

Jennifer Hagman, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry

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Jessica Friedman, LCSW

Jessica Friedman, LCSW

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Crystal Lardy, LPC

Crystal Lardy, LPC

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Children's Colorado in the news

  • 5280
    Colorado’s youth mental health crisis continues
    March 30, 2022

    Nearly a year ago, Children's Hospital Colorado declared a state of emergency for youth mental health. Unfortunately, the crisis is far from over. Vice President of Population Health and Advocacy Heidi Baskfield shares about the challenges kids are facing and how the incidence of depression, anxiety and self-harm continues to increase.

  • Colorado Newsline
    Caregiver loss during COVID-19
    March 01, 2022

    Since the pandemic began, more than 1,000 kids in Colorado have lost a caregiver to the virus. Dr. Ayelet Talmi shares about the long-lasting psychological impact of losing a parent.

  • The Gazette
    Children's mental health experts urge parents to check in with kids amid soaring rates of depression
    February 02, 2022

    Depression in kids has more than doubled during the pandemic. At a special town hall on mental health, Children's Colorado experts took questions from parents, offered tips and urged community members to check in with the adolescents and teenagers in their lives.