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Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services

Provided at Children's Hospital Colorado

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Children's Hospital Colorado provides the highest quality clinical services for children, adolescents, and families. Our emphasis is on developing coordinated systems within the hospital as well as collaborating with other agencies and providers.

The Children’s Hospital Colorado provides a complete continuum of psychiatric services, from our outpatient clinic to inpatient hospitalization for children and adolescents. Providers represent many disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, social work, and nursing. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences works to promote the integration of high-quality mental health services with the unique multidisciplinary services provided by the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Each of our specialty programs offers the following services:

  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Parent counseling
  • Consultation to other departments and services within the Hospital
  • Educational programs for parents and for other mental health and child healthcare professionals

 Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry (IOP) Program

​The IOP Program serves youth with mood or disruptive behavior disorders.  The program is also geared toward kids who are stepping down from higher levels of care, or patients who have not been successful with outpatient treatment.  It is well suited to serve youth with a recent need for an urgent or emergent psychiatric assessment.

 Psychiatry Outpatient Specialty Programs

​The Psychiatry Outpatient Specialty Programs provide services for children and teens, ages 5-17, and their families, treating patients with emotional and behavioral problems, a psychiatric diagnosis, or a combination of illnesses.

 Intensive Services Program

​The Intensive Services Program is a multi-disciplinary program that provides a cotinuum of care from 24 hours/7 days a week to day treatment 5 days a week.  This service is available for children ages 4-18 with acute psychiatric symptoms who require the safety and support of more intensive care.

 Eating Disorder Program

​The Eating Disorder Program provides a full continuum of services, ranging from outpatient evaluations, day treatment services, to inpatient hospitalization.  Services are provided jointly by Children's Hospital Colorado Department of Adolescent Medicine and Psychiatry.

 Medical Day Treatment Program

​The Medical Day Treatment Program is for medically compromised children ages 7-21, whose medical needs cannot be met in a regular school setting.  The children receive medical, nursing, academic and psychosocial support daily in an outpatient setting.  The conditions treated vary from chronic to acute and the length of stay is tailored to the needs of the child.

 Neuropsychiatric Special Care (NSC) Program

​The Neuropsychiatric Special Care Program is a day treatment program that serves children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and/or neurodevelopmental disabilities ages 3 to 18 years who have co-morbid medical and/or psychiatric conditions. The NSC was developed to accurately and comprehensively assess the complex psychiatric and/or medical needs of children with developmental disabilities in order to effectively address the chronic or escalating symptoms of behavioral acting-out that can lead to repeat emergency room visits, inpatient hospitalizations, or out-of-home placement.  For more information, call 720-777-6200.7

 Psychosocial Research Center

The Psychosocial Research Center at Children's Hospital Colorado is currently recruiting children to participate in various clinical trials and research studies.  For more information, call 720-777-6200 and ask for Psychosocial Research.


 Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison and Emergency Service (PSYCLES)

​PSYCLES provides emergency evaluation for all patients who present with psychiatric needs in the Emergency Department.  Urgent evaluations are completed during scheduled hours.  PSYCLES staff members consult with all medical services at Children's Hopsital Colorado at the request of the patient's physician.