Child and adolescent inpatient treatment at Forest View Hospital is designed to provide crisis stabilization and acute psychiatric care. Once stability is achieved, our goal is to help patients and their families learn effective coping skills so they can continue on the path to healing beyond their time in inpatient care. We help our young patients develop a treatment plan for discharge and beyond, and we offer individualized treatment to help meet the unique needs of each individual who joins our program.
Children and adolescents in our inpatient program participate in a structured, therapeutic milieu with emphasis on affect expression and regulation, grief/loss issues, stress management, healthy communication and boundaries, and conflict resolution. The treatment team is specially trained to understand the interaction between the stages of child development and mental illness.
Forest View Hospital recognizes the role that physical health plays in treating mental illness. The attending psychiatrist will coordinate with our internal medicine department and with the patient’s primary care office to address medical problems as they arise.
Given the complex nature of child and adolescent mental illness, program staff will collaborate with outpatient providers, families and schools. Regular involvement is necessary to develop an individualized treatment plan, provide updates on progress, develop a comprehensive discharge plan and provide a seamless transition of care.
Family members are an important part of the treatment team throughout the assessment, treatment and discharge planning processes. Family involvement is essential in creating a positive transition from hospitalization to the home, school and work environments.
With a signed Release of Information Form on file, referral sources are kept informed of the patient’s progress from admission through discharge. There is a strong emphasis on this aspect of patient care.
Out of town housing and transportation for patients ages 18 and under and their families may be available at the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please visit http://www.rmhwesternmichigan.org for more information.
Most health insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Forest View Hospital’s professional staff are ready to help find the best treatment options for you or your loved one. Call 616-942-9610 for a no-cost, confidential assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.