Children's Hospital Colorado

Mental Health Services

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.

An elementary school-age African American child plays with a toy in a waiting room.The Pediatric Mental Health Institute team provides a full range of behavioral and mental health services for children and adolescents including:

  • Outpatient care
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Inpatient care
  • Emergency services

In each of our specialty programs, we offer the following services:

  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Parent counseling and education programs
  • Consultation with other departments and services at Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Educational programs for mental health and child healthcare professionals

Comprehensive care for kids and teens

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 every child and adolescent we serve. Our teams treat children from birth to 18 years of age and collaborate with families to promote healthy outcomes, no matter what challenge.

An infographic in the shape of a circle with the balloon boy logo in the middle. The top half of the circle is plum and shows Outpatient Services. The bottom half left is green for Partial Hospitalization and the bottom half right is for Inpatient.

Brenda Gaughan, mother of a patient at Children's Hospital Colorado's Mental Health department.

“When it got to a point where I didn’t know what to do anymore, I was desperate and called Children’s Colorado. Once we got there, I felt like they would be with us for the rest of our lives if we needed them. I felt like a big blanket was wrapped around me and it was going to be okay.”
— Brenda Gaughan, Claire’s mom

 

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.