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.

Our interdisciplinary team includes 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.

In addition to our cutting-edge clinical services, we are dedicated to training the next generation of mental health professionals and conducting research to advance the field of child and adolescent mental health and improve patient care for generations to come.

Learn about our mental health research

Pediatric mental health programs and services

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 an emergent mental health crisis who require inpatient treatment for stabilization and safety.

All of our programs 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.

See if telehealth is right for your child

 

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Resources for your mental health journey

No matter where you are on your child's mental health journey, we have parenting resources to help support you. Find tips for strengthening family connections and resilience, checking in with your child, what to do in a crisis — and much more.

Explore our resources

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Help create a better future for youth mental health

Financial donors fuel expansion of our programs and services, providing more kids and teens with the highest-quality mental health care. This support is more critical than ever. Your generosity helps give kids like Kate the mental health services they need, when they need them most.

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Get to know our pediatric experts.

Amy Retherford, LCSW

Amy Retherford, LCSW

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Youth mental health in the news

  • Colorado Public Radio
    Student mental health crisis as a result of COVID-19
    April 05, 2021

    Kate Hartman is a 7th-grader in Denver and a patient ambassador for Children’s Colorado. She struggled with mental health issues in the past, and like many students her age, felt sad and isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read her story and why it’s important for kids and parents to seek connectedness during this time. 

  • KOAA News5 Colorado Springs
    New behavioral health services to be available in Colorado Springs
    February 10, 2021

    Children's Colorado, Colorado Springs is investing in mental and behavioral health services for kids and teens in southern Colorado. To address growing rates of youth suicide in El Paso County and the need for pediatric mental health services across the state, the hospital will open a new daytime pediatric partial outpatient behavioral health program in the Briargate neighborhood.

  • KOAA News5 Colorado Springs
    Mental health resources for new and expecting moms
    January 20, 2021

    More pregnant and new moms are experiencing mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Celeste St. John-Larkin wants these moms to know they’re not alone, and it’s possible to get help from the Healthy Expectations program no matter where you live in Colorado.