This unit provides a comfortable, nurturing environment for children, ages 3 through 12 and adolescents ages 13 through 17 to heal and grow. We serve those who are in acute crisis due to mental illness, emotional distress or destructive behavior patterns. Our team, along with patients and their families, determines an individualized treatment plan. All patients are offered individual, family and group therapy including expressive therapies like dance and movement, art, drama, play and Animal Assisted therapy. We believe in providing these services in a compassionate, trauma-informed manner.
Adolescent units are separated by gender. The teams at Riveredge engage youth to address issues such as positive communication, depression, anger management, trauma, healthy boundaries and relationship development. Children and adolescents are all encouraged to participate in recreational therapeutic activities.
The role of our Education Team is to maintain an active correspondence with a patient’s home school during their hospitalization. School-aged persons are provided 300 minutes of educational services per week. These services are provided by state-certified teachers. The Education program has a standards-based curriculum for levels Pre-K through 12th grade with requisite adaptations, modifications and accommodations for students with disabilities. With the guardian’s consent, information regarding staffing, academic progress and discharge plans will be shared with the home school. Upon discharge, the home school will be notified and provided information such as the school summary and attendance report, as well as a doctor signature indicating the student may return to school.
We cannot provide diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, however, our professional staff is available anytime by calling 708-209-4181. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.