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

  • 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.

  • 7News
    How to talk to kids about upcoming holidays
    November 16, 2020

    Dr. Jenna Glover recommends parents be direct with kids about the importance of keeping loved ones safe and healthy this holiday season. But that doesn’t mean fun has to be canceled. Learn how parents can brainstorm ideas for virtual friend and family gatherings with their kids.

  • FOX21 Colorado Springs
    Rise in cyberbullying tied to COVID-19 pandemic
    October 16, 2020

    As kids spend more time online for school and social interaction, Tom Caughlan, LCSW, believes the pandemic has led to an increase in reports of bullying, particularly cyberbullying, and a rise in reports of suicidal ideation. Find out what warning signs parents can look for and resources for both parents and kids.