Behavioral Health Services

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For children and youth with special health care needs, behavioral health services can be critical to their progress and their ability to reach goals. 

At The Children’s Institute, we strive to offer psychiatry, psychology and neuropsychology that are both excellent and designed to put kids at ease. We offer outpatient behavioral health services, and we have a new, state-of-the-art inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, serving children ages 4-17 wit h urgent behavioral health needs who also have pre-existing complex medical condition and/or developmental disability. 

Led by child psychiatrist Dr. Aileen Oandasan and with an emphasis on caring for the whole patient, our behavioral health services combine traditional and holistic approaches to medicine to treat a wide range of behavioral health needs. We use these approaches in conjunction with one another to get the best possible outcomes for our patients.

The inpatient unit includes 16 inpatient beds, private and semi-private rooms, a multi-purpose activities room, a classroom, patient/family visitation areas, therapy rooms and a comfort room.

For more information about an inpatient admission, please call Sarah Fallica at 412-390-6836 or fill out the form below to receive a phone call. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or go to the closest emergency room. 

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Our Team of Expert Clinicians Includes:
• psychiatrist
• pediatrician/family practitioner
• psychologist/neuropsychologist
• behavioral specialist
• nurse
• social worker
• special education teacher
• child life specialist
• care coordinator
• additional therapists and clinicians

Program Goals
Goals of the inpatient program will be diagnostic formulation, stabilization of symptoms, and introduction to interventions moving the child and family toward self regulation and management of the child’s illness.

Treatment objectives will be child and family centered; all decisions about care being driven by the child and family. By simultaneously treating both behavioral and physical health disorders in an integrative fashion, services are more effective and quality of life is enhanced.

Our Treatment Model
The program includes treatments that address the mind, body and spirit of each patient, and may include:

Behavioral therapies
Cognitive stimulating therapies
Mindfulness therapies
Comfort room

Pediatric & psychiatric evaluations
Nutritional supplements
Physical, occupational & speech

Creative arts
Pet therapies
Music therapies
Encouragement of spirituality

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