Acute Inpatient

ACUTE INPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENNTGarfield Park Behavioral Hospital offers a comprehensive inpatient mental health treatment experience for children and teens, ages 3-17, including:

  • Individual, group and family psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Informed Care trained staff
  • Expressive and activity therapies
  • Social work services including coordination of care and discharge planning
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Individualized mental health treatment planning and weekly multi-disciplinary staffings
  • Fully accredited educational programming and coordination with schools

In addition, patients may also receive:

  • Psychological evaluations
  • Nutritional assessment and consultation
  • Aftercare coordination for substance abuse
  • Relapse prevention planning

Psychological Evaluation Services

Patients at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital have the opportunity to benefit from psychological evaluations, completed during their stay, should their psychiatrist request. These services can aid in the formulation of diagnosis, treatment planning and long term stability planning. Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital’s on-site psychology department is involved in program and group development and actively participates in individualizing patient’s treatment as needed.

Pediatric Program

Our inpatient pediatric program has specially trained teams that are experts at working with children ages 5 to 11. This unit is specifically set up to provide a caring and nurturing environment for our youngest patients. The program is designed to build character and give children more insight on life lessons and the ability to make better choices.

The treatment team utilizes art, movement and play therapy to encourage positive behaviors and choices while teaching age appropriate social skills and feelings management.

Adolescent Program

Our inpatient adolescent program is designed to address the specific needs of youth, ages 12 – 17. The treatment team uses positive reinforcement to build self-esteem and increase healthy behaviors while addressing limit setting and self-discipline. Through the use of collaborative problem solving, the adolescents take responsibility for their behaviors and actively engage in making healthier choices. Treatment focuses on three core skill areas including:

  • Emotional Regulation
  • Promoting Safety
  • Relationship Building

For more information about the Admissions process or to make a referral, please contact us.

LGBTQ+ Inpatient

Polaris LGBTQ+ Inpatient is an 18 bed, acute care unit within Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital that provides a safe place where gender and sexual minority adolescents can receive affirming psychiatric care and help navigating their identity(s).

Polaris uses a minority stress model as a framework to view psychological and emotional distress in gender and sexual minority adolescents. Not all behavioral and emotional issues in gender and sexual minority adolescents are a result of psychopathology, but rather as result of living with an oppressed identity(s). Our clinical programming helps to target minority stress by using a multidisciplinary team approach, which consists of psychiatry, social work, psychology, nursing, and other mental health professionals who are trained in providing affirming and culturally responsive mental health services for gender and sexual minority adolescents. Polaris provides the most effective, affirming, and most up to date evidence-based treatments for gender and sexual minority adolescents, including individual, family, and group based psychotherapy.

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Worthy Program

Worthy Program is an inpatient track within our acute psychiatric program serving adolescents who are at risk or are being sex trafficked.

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Youths Exhibiting Sexualized Symptoms (YESS) Program

The YESS Program is a specialty program at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital that provides developmentally appropriate and relevant interventions for pediatric and adolescent males and females who display sexually problematic behaviors. The YESS Program is evidenced-supported and focuses on several main content areas. All patients within the YESS Program receive a psychosexual consultation to gather information, inform treatment, and make initial recommendations. The YESS Program treatment includes individual therapy and family involvement. Treatment may also include group therapy modalities, as appropriate for each individual patient. This program is provided in the inpatient and partial hospitalization settings.

The therapy is psycho-educational in nature, utilizing a primarily Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approach. Treatment components address issues specific to each patient’s clinical presentation in regards to sexual behaviors. Family participation is encouraged throughout the program. The YESS Therapist contacts the parent to gain collateral information and to share information about progress in treatment. Specific YESS Program discharge recommendations, along with program contact information, parent tips, and specific referrals are also provided as appropriate.