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

  • 9News
    Experts discuss the need for additional mental health resources for young people
    May 07, 2019

    The suicide rate in Colorado has increased by 44 percent over the last 20 years. Jenna Glover, child psychologist, and Heidi Baskfield, VP of Population Health and Advocacy, discussed the need for more mental health resources in Colorado and Senate Bill 195.

  • 9News
    Teen Shares Experience With Anorexia to Help Others
    March 29, 2019

    Analicia Vargas, 18, shared her journey dealing with an eating disorder in hopes that it will help others like her. “There was always this voice in my head that was saying ‘don’t eat that,’ or ‘you’re going to gain weight,’ or ‘you won’t fit into your double zero jeans,” said Vargas.

  • Colorado Community Media
    Youth Advocacy Board raises awareness
    February 07, 2019

    Chloe McNamee lost her brother to suicide. As a leader of Children's Colorado's Youth Advocacy Board, she hopes to share her own struggles with depression and anxiety and increase community efforts for suicide prevention.