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

  • Children's Hospital Colorado
    Children of all ages facing mental health challenges
    May 26, 2021

    Anxiety and stress have skyrocketed among children since the pandemic began. Dr. Jenna Glover, a clinical psychologist, shares what parents should look out for in their children and ways to help them if they’re struggling. Learn more.

  • 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.