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Children, ages 4-12, are provided 24-hour nursing care in a secure environment at Wellstone Hospital. A pediatric psychiatrist leads the multidisciplinary treatment team to provide the most effective treatment for the child. The psychiatrist works with the treatment team to determine appropriate medications, treatment goals, and discharge plans. Nurses, social workers, mental health technicians, activity therapists, and teachers all will work as an inter-disciplinary team, providing care to the child. Parents are included throughout the process through social services and nursing.
A structured schedule is followed throughout the day that involves goal setting, a variety of therapy groups, family meetings, hygiene time, meals, school time, recreation, quiet time and goal review. This is a very short term treatment program designed to help the child and family move through the crisis and develop a plan to follow afterwards. The length of stay depends on each child’s situation, ranging from a few days up to a couple of weeks.
Throughout the inpatient journey, the staff encourage children to be respectful of themselves, each other, and the environment of the hospital. Children have many patient rights including a Patient Advocate that they can speak with at any time. Family visitation occurs on a regular schedule. Phone calls may be made daily, and children may send and receive mail.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
We also offer a partial hospitalization program for children coping with severe and persistent mental health problems. This program provides day treatment which includes school instruction and therapies such as individual, group, psychoeducational groups, recreational, horticultural, art, and music.
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Physicians are on the medical staff of Wellstone Hospital, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Wellstone Hospital. The facility shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.
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