Children's Hospital Colorado

The Pediatric Mental Health Institute

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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. In addition to our cutting-edge clinical services, we are also dedicated to training the next generation of mental health professionals and conducting research to advance the field of child and adolescent mental health.

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 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.

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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 a mental health crisis who require inpatient treatment for stabilization and safety.

Within all of our programs, we also offer Creative Arts Therapy.

Get to know our pediatric experts.

Sarah Kennedy, PhD

Sarah Kennedy, PhD

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Amy Linares, LCSW

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Theresa Hedenskog, LCSW

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Children's Colorado in the news

KRDO News13 Colorado Springs

How to spot signs of stress in different ages of students

agosto 25, 2020

As students return to school either virtually or in person during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Jessica Hawks shares signs parents should look for that indicate their student is experiencing abnormal amounts of stress.

Colorado Sun

Addressing mental health challenges of children during COVID-19

mayo 3, 2020

It’s normal for children and teens to feel frightened and confused during a public health crisis like COVID-19. Dr. Jessica Hawks shares tips for calming their anxiety and encouraging healthy communication throughout the pandemic.

9News

Governor Polis signs bill aimed at reducing youth suicide

mayo 17, 2019

During the 2019 legislative session, experts from Children's Hospital Colorado championed a bill to improve mental health services for children and teens across the state. Gov. Jared Polis signed the bill into law at Children's Colorado in May 2019.