Youth Inpatient Unit

Mary Greeley Medical Center has a special Youth Behavioral Health Unit for patients between the ages of six and 18 who require 24-hour nursing care in a secure, therapeutic environment. This seven-bed, self-contained environment is separate from the Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit.

The unit serves youth who have:

  • Engaged in behavior that is destructive or potentially destructive to themselves or others.
  • Symptoms that are severe enough that they cannot be addressed at a lower level of care.

Our Staff

Our professionals are specially trained in understanding the developmental and societal issues that pertain to youth. Their goal is to stop destructive or disruptive behaviors so the patients can begin further treatment. Our team provides crisis intervention, stabilization, detoxification, evaluation and referral or transition to lower levels of care. Academic tutoring is available on weekdays.

Only a staff psychiatrist may admit a patient to the Youth Behavioral Health Unit. However, individuals may be referred by family members, physicians, mental health professionals, school personnel, community agencies and other mental health facilities.

The clinical supervisor of Youth Behavioral Services coordinates inpatient admissions. To contact the supervisor, call 515-239-2682. After working hours and on weekends or holidays, admissions are coordinated through the Emergency Department of the hospital.

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