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Behavioral health programs for children and adolescents

Aurora offers a number of programs specifically for children or adolescents:

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital has been providing quality behavioral health care since it was established in 1884. Our 30-acre wooded campus provides an ideal environment to deliver behavioral health services in a caring and confidential manner. Aurora Psychiatric Hospital works with some of our area 's leading child psychiatrists and therapists to deliver the most effective and dynamic treatment for children, adolescents and their families.

Referrals for admission or requests for information can be made by calling the Intake Services Department at 414-454-6777. [ Maps, directions, etc. ]

Program philosophy

We recognize the impact behavioral health problems have on children, as well as their families. Our program provides patients, ages 5-17, with a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment and is designed to address individual and family needs.

Our objectives are to help children and adolescents to:

  • Stabilize moods
  • Learn and practice a variety of skills in exploring and understanding emotions, feelings or choices
  • Address the needs of family through education and crisis stabilizing
  • Understand the need for medication intervention
  • Assume responsibility for personal choices, decisions and consequences to their choices
  • Transition safely back to home and school


Our program is designed to treat children and adolescents who are experiencing a wide range of psychiatric symptoms, behavioral difficulties and diagnoses including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Self-harmful behaviors
  • Co-existing behaviors
  • Chemical dependency
  • Attention Deficit Disorder

Continuum of care

Our inpatient program is flexible and designed to meet the specific needs of each child and adolescent. We provide a comprehensive assessment and develop an individualized treatment plan with each patient and their family. Our child/adolescent program uses a number of approaches including individual, group and family therapy, as well as medication management. We also provide patient and family education and coordinate care with the schools.

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital also offers a variety of less intensive treatment options. Our partial hospital program offers intensive treatment in a structured environment with less disruption to the child 's regular routine. Partial hospitalization also enables patients to reintegrate into their schools and activities following an acute episode of illness. Half days of partial hospital treatment are also available.

Transportation services for individuals in the partial hospital program are available when needed.

For adolescents who are struggling with chemical dependency problems, Aurora Psychiatric Hospital also offers a structured intensive outpatient evening program to help with recovery.

Case management

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital utilizes case managers to help patients and their families throughout treatment. Case managers are registered psychiatric nurses who are available during normal business hours. Our case managers provide an initial comprehensive assessment, coordination with schools and community resources, as well as discharge planning. The case manager is also a resource for the family, providing information to the designated guardian throughout the patient's course of treatment.

Referrals for admission or requests for information can be made by calling the Intake Services Department at 414-454-6777.

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Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Hospital Adolescent Treatment Program

The Adolescent Treatment Program is a six-bed area for acutely disturbed adolescents ages 12-18. While detoxification is provided, adolescents with a primary need for inpatient care for chemical dependency are stabilized and transferred to other facilities.

Services begin with intensive evaluation provided by a multidisciplinary team, similar in composition to the adult team. There is also a teacher who provides a link between the medical center and to the adolescent's school. Parental involvement in the assessment and treatment process is critical and family therapy is initiated during the stay.

A structured program exists, including a point system to assist the adolescents in regaining control of their behavior. Adolescents are involved in activity therapy, group therapy, and individual counseling. Emphasis is placed on discharge planning and adolescents are transitioned to other levels of care as soon as possible.

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