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Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program

For mental health patients ages 8-18

Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization

For children and adolescents ages 8-18*

The CHI Health Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program is a short-term treatment program for patients age 8 to 18, with an IQ of 70 and above, who are experiencing difficulty coping with stress in their daily lives but do not require 24-hour supervision.

Located at CHI Health Immanuel and CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs, we provide intensive support and daily focused treatment that helps each youth patient become successful and happy in their lives. The average length of stay is two to three weeks. Discharge planning begins on the day of admission.

Each patient referred is screened to determine the appropriateness of partial hospitalization services. Patients may participate if they meet criteria, are able to function independently and plan to actively participate in the program.

*Ages 8-18 accepted at the Immanuel location; ages 8-17 accepted at the Mercy Council Bluffs location.

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Child and Adolescent Partial Program Details

This program is available to youth patients, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Immanuel and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mercy Council Bluffs. Upon admission, patients, with their families, and staff members work together to develop an individualized, interdisciplinary treatment plan. 

The program includes:

  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Recreational therapy
  • Medication supervision and education
  • Psychoeducation groups\schoolwork completion
  • DBT group
  • Group therapy
  • Two hours of education groups led by a Council Bluffs School District teacher (Mercy Council Bluffs only)
  • One hour of independent school studies (Immanuel only)

Respectful, compassionate and individualized care is the focus of our team, which includes:

  • Physician
  • Nurses
  • Care Managers
  • Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Mental Health Technicians

When the patient has met treatment goals and no longer needs the partial level of care, follow-up outpatient care will be arranged.

Partial Hospitalization is appropriate for patients with:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or anger
  • Social withdrawal/isolation
  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Confusion/disorientation
  • Loss of energy and motivation
  • Sleeping and eating disturbances
  • Difficulties with behavioral medical regimen
  • Unsuccessful previous outpatient behavioral treatment
  • Anxiety disorders
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Our services are sensitive to the multiple needs of our patients, including the use of trauma-informed approaches to treatment.

Referral information

Call us at Immanuel or Mercy to schedule an assessment. Assessment will determine the appropriateness of this level of care. Admission date will be given if patient meets admission criteria.

Our Providers


Crystal Reyelts, MD

Psychiatry Child and Adolescent,

Mercy Council Bluffs

Larisa A. Che, MD

Psychiatry Child and Adolescent,