Psychiatry Inpatient Service Your Visit

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The Inpatient Psychiatry Service (IPS) at Boston Children's Hospital is a 16-bed inpatient unit that specializes in caring for children with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other psychiatric illnesses.

We also specialize in treating children with physical illnesses who also have emotional or behavioral difficulties.

We provide family-oriented psychiatric assessment and treatment for children and adolescents who are having difficulty managing troubles outside the hospital. The primary goal of our service is to reduce the problems that brought about your child's admission and return them to a more comfortable environment for ongoing care.


Generally, your child will be admitted to the IPS following a medical and psychiatric evaluation in response to a "crisis" (e.g., thoughts of hurting). The admission will be completed by a nurse and one of the clinicians on the unit, who may or may not be your child's ongoing clinician depending on the time of the admission.

During the admission, you will be asked to sign your child into the unit. There will be several other forms that you may be asked to sign, including consents to contact any outside treatment providers, such as a therapist, psychiatrist, primary care doctor, school administrator and others who are involved in your child's care. Having contact with outside providers is an essential part of your child's treatment plan on the IPS unit, as they will be an inpatient for a limited time and will likely return to the care of their outpatient treaters upon discharge.

Ages of patients

We treat children from ages eight to 17 years old.

The unit is divided into two age groups:

1. Children between the ages of eight and 12 are in the school-age program.

2. Teens from 13 to 17 are in the adolescent program.

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