Acute Inpatient Program

This highly intensive program is designed to provide stabilization for adolescents, ages 11–17, in severe distress or exhibiting unsafe behavior.

Our acute program may be helpful for adolescents who are experiencing the following:

  • Suicidal or self-destructive behavior or threats
  • Prolonged sadness or excessive crying
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Withdrawal from family or friends
  • Substance abuse
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Hyperactivity
  • Legal problems
  • Acting out sexually

Today’s adolescents face extraordinary pressures. When teens become overwhelmed with stressors at school, at home and in the community, Poplar Springs Hospital provides structured, short-term inpatient care in an atmosphere of support and respect. Adolescents learn how to deal with their emotional and behavioral issues so they can quickly return home with better coping tools to deal with stress.

After a patient is assessed and admitted to the hospital, the clinical team creates an individualized treatment plan based on several evaluations: nutritional, psychiatric, health, social, psychological, nursing and activity therapy. Discharge planning begins immediately. All treatment plan interventions focus on preparing the patient for a return home — from art, music and recreation therapy to anger management and social skills groups.

Poplar Springs Hospital makes every attempt to help patients transition back to their normal academic schedule. Adolescents will remain enrolled in their home school while they are in our program and may complete homework assignments if brought in by the school or family.

Adolescents at Poplar Springs Hospital are surrounded by caring, highly trained specialists committed to improving the quality of life of the patients in their care. Our staff of psychiatric nurses, mental health specialists, school teachers, case managers, activity therapists and the patient’s personal psychiatrist work together to help the patient reach their highest potential.

We provide:

  • Case management
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Family workshops

Adolescents have daily interaction with a multidisciplinary team, which includes:

  • Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • Nursing services
  • Social services
  • Expressive and recreational therapy
  • Discharge planning with family involvement begins upon admission

To inquire or schedule an assessment, please call (804) 733-6874, toll-free (866) 546-2229. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.