Today’s children and teens face many challenges that may cause them to act out, harm themselves or abuse alcohol and drugs. Our youth behavioral health services are for both children and adolescents experiencing emotional, behavioral or substance use problems.

Our psychiatry team places a strong emphasis on treating the entire family with the goal of restoring a sense of hope, courage, and resiliency to the family unit.

Why Choose Loma Linda University Youth Mental Health

  • Safe and healing environment
  • Focus on both individual and family needs
  • Treatment plans designed in partnership with parents
  • A wide variety of programs, including inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy
  • Specialized adolescent programs for eating disorders and self-injury
  • MEND program for children and adolescents with chronic illness or serious medical conditions

Learn more about our Adolescent Programs and Children’s Programs.

Youth Behavioral Health Programs

We have multiple youth behavioral health programs designed to meet the personalized needs of each child. Programs include intensive outpatient programs, outpatient partial hospital programs, and inpatient programs.

Our full treatment team includes youth psychiatrists, nurses, clinical and occupational therapists, teachers, case managers, social workers, chaplains, dieticians and behavioral care assistants.

Youth Intensive Outpatient Program

For children and teens needing treatment a few hours a day for several days a week after school.

Youth Outpatient Partial Hospital Program

A highly structured therapeutic day treatment program lasting six hours a day, five days per week. It serves as a “step down” from inpatient hospitalization or as a means to prevent hospitalization

Youth Inpatient Program

Provides around-the-clock safety and treatment to stabilize the crisis when a child or adolescent behavior becomes dangerous to themselves, their environment or others.

Does my child need behavioral health treatment?

Reasons for admission into one of our programs include:

  • Aggressive or self-destructive behavior
  • Regressive or psychotic behavior
  • Anger or rage episodes
  • Oppositional defiant behaviors
  • Suicidal threats/attempts
  • Domestic violence
  • Runaway episodes
  • Family conflicts
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Low motivation
  • Grief, loss, and abandonment
  • Trauma responses
  • Sexual abuse/assault
  • Drug/alcohol use
  • Poor attention span and hyperactivity
  • Poor self-image or identity problems
  • School problems/truancy

Your Care Team

Our treatment team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, chaplains, dieticians, family counselors and therapists. Team members work closely together to help get each patient on the road to recovery.
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