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.

Ashley Kreeger, LPC

Ashley Kreeger, LPC

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Lina Patel, PsyD

Lina Patel, PsyD

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Arletta Swain, CPNP-PC

Arletta Swain, CPNP-PC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Sandra Fritsch, MD

Sandra Fritsch, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry

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Youth mental health 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.