Premier Acute Inpatient Behavioral Health Center & Treatment Program for Children & Adolescents in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Valley Behavioral Health helps individuals struggling with mental health and behavioral health disorders meet and exceed their treatment goals while building a strong foundation for long-term healing and recovery through a variety of programming options.

Comprehensive Care for Children & Adolescents

Valley Behavioral Health System in Fort Smith, Arkansas, provides comprehensive care for children ages 4 to 10 and adolescents ages 11 to 17 who have been struggling with a broad range of mental, emotional, and/or behavioral concerns.

At our treatment center, the most intensive level of care for children and adolescents is our acute inpatient program, which is designed for young people who are in need of immediate stabilization or crisis intervention.

All admissions to the acute inpatient program are made on a case-by-case basis following a close examination of each young person’s specific needs. With that understanding, the following are among the more common disorders for which young people at our treatment center receive care at the acute inpatient level:

• Major depressive disorder
• Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
• Bipolar disorder
• Schizophrenia
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Please note that the list above is by no means comprehensive. If a child or adolescent in your family is in need of stabilization or crisis intervention related to a mental and/or behavioral disorder, please contact our treatment center to arrange for a free consultation and comprehensive assessment to determine the type and level of care that will best prepare the young person for continued success.

Our Acute Inpatient Program Features

At Valley Behavioral Health System in Fort Smith, Arkansas, we understand that children and adolescents who enter our acute inpatient program have been experiencing extremely distressing and disruptive symptoms. Thus, we place a premium on ensuring that we provide a safe, structured, and supportive environment in which young people and their families can begin to heal.

To achieve that goal, our acute inpatient program features the following elements:

• Round-the-clock monitoring, supervision, and support
• Full continuum of customized services
• Multidisciplinary teams of experienced professionals

Within these general parameters, and depending upon the specific needs of each young person who heals with us, care at the acute inpatient level may include medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy.

Within the individual, group, and family therapy environments, young people and their loved ones may receive services that incorporate or are based upon the following therapeutic approaches:

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
• Reality Therapy
• Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
• Motivational Interviewing

Continued Support

The amount of time that a child or adolescent will spend in our acute inpatient program will be determined by his or her needs and progress. However, most young people will remain in care at this level for the following lengths of time:

• Children and adolescents who have been struggling with symptoms related to most mental health disorders and/or trauma: 5 to 7 days
• Children and adolescents who have been experiencing psychosis: 7 to 9 days

For the majority of our patients and their families, the acute inpatient program is just one step along the path of continued healing. To ensure that all who heal with us have the support that they need to maintain and build upon the progress that they make in our acute inpatient program, each child and adolescent who completes this program receives a thorough discharge plan.

Whether a young person is transitioning directly into our sub-acute inpatient program, is entering one of our outpatient programs, or is continuing his or her recovery journey along another path, our goal is to provide the individual and his or her family with a detailed plan to promote long-term success.

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