Child/Adolescent Treatment

stock-photo-23258995-teenage-girl-visits-doctor-s-office-suffering-with-depressionForest View Hospital’s Child & Adolescent Program, using evidence-based practices, provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for those with emotional and behavioral difficulties. These practices may include trauma-informed treatment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training, EMDR and substance abuse services.

Our treatment program is designed to meet the unique and often complex needs of the child or adolescent. The programs incorporate the family, school and provider system into treatment.

The goals of treatment include stabilization of the presenting symptoms, education and training for the family, development of skills to manage mental illness and ego-strength training. Treatment levels can be either inpatient hospitalization for patients requiring 24-hour supervision or partial hospitalization for those needing a less structured environment. Treatment within these levels of care can include specialty programs such as Eating Disorder, Trauma and Co-Occurring Disorder (COD) programs.

Patients in the Child & Adolescent Program participate in a structured, therapeutic milieu with emphasis on affect expression and regulation, grief/loss issues, stress management, healthy communication & boundaries and conflict resolution. The treatment team is specially trained to understand the interaction between the stages of child development and mental illness.

Access to Services

If you or someone you know needs help, please call our Assessment and Referral Staff at 1-800-949-8439 to schedule a free assessment. Our specially trained staff is always available to answer questions, provide a free assessment, or to assist you in finding the help you need.

Cost and Insurance

Most health insurance plans are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Consultation with Providers

Given the complex nature of child & adolescent mental illness, program staff will collaborate with out-patient 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.

Visiting Professionals Program

Forest View Hospital offers professionals the opportunity to experience and learn about the services that are provided. Attendees will observe a variety of treatment interventions within any specialty or program. For more information regarding the Visiting Professionals Program, please contact the Community Relations Office at 616.954.3134.

Patient and Family Centered Treatment

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.

Communication With Other Professionals

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.

Family and Patient Transportation and Housing

Out of town housing and transportation for patients 21 and under and their families may be available at the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please visit for more information.

To learn more, please contact us.