Inpatient Psychiatry Service: Overview

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Not every caregiver has the same reaction to having a child hospitalized for a psychiatric illness. It may be frightening, upsetting and hard to come to terms with, or it may be a relief that your child is getting help. In either case, you may feel guilt, shame, sadness or anger that your child is struggling with psychiatric illness.

The hospital environment can also be overwhelming and intimidating. Caregivers have to give up many of their caregiving responsibilities, and you may feel left out when this happens. You may feel embarrassed, especially if your child has behavior problems. All of these feelings are completely normal. 

While your child is here, you are part of the team. We encourage you to keep a list of questions and important information that you want to talk about with us. You know your child better than anyone else, so any information you can give us about your child's strengths, favorite activities, or reactions to difficult situations will be very helpful for us.

Our Unit

The Boston Children's Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry Service (IPS) is a 16-bed, secure inpatient psychiatric unit. We are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

Our Patients

We treat children and adolescents ages 8 to 17. Although not all of our patients have physical illnesses, we specialize in the treatment of youth with physical illnesses who also have emotional or behavioral difficulties.

Our Care

We provide patient-and family-centered care. We use focused psychiatric assessment and current, effective treatments within a safe environment. These things will help your child work on their current troubles. We work together with your entire family to stabilize your child and determine  the best steps for them after leaving our unit




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