Children’s Acute Inpatient Treatment Center in Chicago

Montrose Behavioral Health Hospital for Children & Teens, located in Chicago, Illinois, features a premier children’s inpatient program for young people ages 5-12. Our program provides crisis care for children who are suffering from a broad range of behavioral health concerns and co-occurring conditions.

Who We Treat

At Montrose Behavioral Health Hospital, we commit to providing a safe and welcoming environment for the young people who participate in our inpatient program. We understand that children who are struggling with behavioral health crises require care that can meet their unique developmental, emotional, and behavioral needs.

We provide empathetic and personalized support for children who are suffering from symptoms of various behavioral health concerns, including:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Psychosis

We also offer first-class care for children who are struggling with certain co-occurring concerns. Some of the co-occurring concerns we address are anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), autism spectrum disorder, and addictions.

Why Choose Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient care is the most intensive level of behavioral health support and is usually most appropriate for people who need professional help to stabilize and improve functioning in the face of a crisis. Sometimes, those who receive inpatient care may be a danger to themselves, or they may be struggling with severe symptoms that have become difficult to manage without professional support.

The experts who provide care in our inpatient program are well-versed in helping patients rebuild a sense of safety and improve their emotional well-being so that they can transition home or to a lower level of care.

Inpatient care is usually a short-term experience, and at Montrose Behavioral Health Hospital, it typically lasts between five and seven days. However, each young person heals at their own rate, so we take an individualized approach to gauging each child’s progress and determining the right length of stay for them.

At Montrose Behavioral Health Hospital, we offer age-appropriate programming in specialized units so that each child can receive care alongside similar-age peers. Children in our inpatient program receive care in a special unit for patients ages 5-12. Depending on their unique needs, a child’s individualized care plan may include:

  • Basic medical care from doctors and nurses
  • Medication management services, delivered by our psychiatrist, nursing staff, and pharmacist
  • Individual, family, and group therapies with a social worker or other behavioral health expert

At all times, our caring professionals provide structure and round-the-clock support for young people as they take steps toward long-term healing.


When you’re seeking inpatient care for a young person, it’s natural to feel worried and to have many questions. At our Chicago, Illinois, hospital, our goal is to provide comprehensive support so that you can access care for your child as seamlessly as possible.

If you are interested in our child inpatient program, you may call us to schedule an intake appointment, or you can walk in anytime, 24/7, to receive an assessment. We provide intake assessments at no cost to potential patients and their families.

After your child’s initial intake assessment, our staff will contact the psychiatrist and request a doctor’s order for admission. We will then work with you and your child to complete the registration process, which includes a safety assessment. We’ll also complete a comprehensive intake evaluation to determine the level of services that may be right for your child.

Once our staff determines that our hospital is the right fit, they will help with navigating the financial aspects of treatment, including contacting your insurance provider or discussing alternative payment options. They’ll also provide detailed information about the unit and program your child will be participating in.

Inpatient care is a short-term experience that can help prepare your child for ongoing growth and positive change, but it is not the only stop on their healing journey. Starting from the point of admission, our multidisciplinary staff will prepare for your child’s smooth transition out of inpatient care. When it’s time for your child to leave our hospital, our experts will provide recommendations for their next steps.

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