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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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 includes structured and intensive daily programming for children and adolescents experiencing serious emotional and behavioral challenges:
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.
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Children's Colorado in the news
May 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.
May 7, 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.
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
February 7, 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.
September 16, 2018
For National Suicide Prevention Month, pediatric psychologist Dr. Jenna Glover discusses how to open up the conversation as a family.
October 1, 2017
Anxiety is a normal, even beneficial, part of the human experience. However, an alarmingly high level of anxiety among children and adolescents is prompting healthcare professionals, parents, and communities to investigate what is making our kids so anxious that they are becoming chronically ill.
September 20, 2017
A composer who struggled with postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder found healing and support through the Healthy Expectations Mental Health Perinatal Program led by Dr. Celeste St. John-Larkin. She decided to put her journey to music and composed "String Quartet OCD."
July 14, 2017
Netflix released "To the Bone," a film based on a young woman's struggle with anorexia. Guests including Jennifer Hagman, MD, medical director of the Eating Disorders Program, discussed the debate on how the media influence and glamorize the disorder and other sensitive topics and how that influences viewers.
May 4, 2017
Eric Sigel, MD, adolescent medicine, was interviewed on the new research he led that looks into how access to guns among adolescents is an indicator of more mental health issues and violent behavior. "We've made great progress in terms of deaths from motor vehicle accidents. However, death by firearm, those rates really haven't changed. And in fact, the last year of data available in 2015 showed a bit of an increase in the highest rate of death from firearms since 2008. So it really is a critical, critical problem," said Sigel.