If your child or teen having a crisis related to mental illness or substance use disorder (substance abuse), he or she may need to be admitted to a hospital for around-the-clock care. Carolinas HealthCare System’s child and adolescent behavioral health programs at Behavioral Health-Charlotte provide a safe, nurturing environment where young patients work with our trained clinicians to focus on skills and behaviors that will make them happier and better adjusted.

Carolinas HealthCare System’s child and adolescent behavioral health program includes:

  • Level-based behavioral modification – a program of rewards and privileges for goals achieved
  • An accredited school program, allowing students to keep up with schoolwork
  • Separate units for children (ages 4 to 12) and adolescents (ages 13 to 17)
  • A safe environment to develop and practice new insights and improved functional skills and behavior

Outpatient Care for Children and Teens

All children go through ups and downs, but if you see a sudden change in your child's mood or behavior or if your child seem depressed, anxious, has severe mood swings or anger issues, he or she may need help.

Carolinas HealthCare System offers the following behavioral health outpatient services for children and adolescents:

  • Partial hospitalization
    Partial hospitalization for behavioral health can be a "bridge" between inpatient and outpatient care. If your child or teen needs care for mental illness or a substance use disorder (substance abuse) that may be more intensive than intermittent therapy but less intensive than the 24-hour care he or she would get staying in the hospital, partial hospitalization may be the right choice. It may include:

– Individual and specialty group therapy addressing substance abuse, relationships, problem-solving and decision-making
– Family therapy
– Behavior management
– Recreational therapy
– Medication management

Partial hospitalization for children and adolescents is available at Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health-Charlotte.

Hours of operation:
Children under 11 – 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Adolescents age 12 to 17 – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

  • School-Based Services
    School-based services are designed to promote the emotional health of students without disrupting their normal routine. The therapist is "just another counselor" in the school setting, meaning your child doesn’t have to worry about unwanted attention from other students

    Our therapists work directly with parents or guardians, school counselors and teachers to identify students who may be having mental health issues and could benefit from counseling. Such issues might include:

    – Peer pressure and peer conflicts
    – Anger management
    – Suspected physical, sexual or emotional abuse
    – Death of a parent or loved one
    – Dealing with a move or other transition
    – Trauma in the home
    – Being a witness or victim to violence
    – Attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD)
    – Truancy, absenteeism and tardiness
    – Mood and anxiety disorders, like depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive behavior

    Carolinas HealthCare System’s school-based services are available in Mecklenburg County, NC.

Behavioral Health Medication Management

Medications are often used in the treatment of behavioral health issues and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Even though medications do not cure mental illness, they can improve symptoms and help promote recovery. When combined with other treatments such as psychotherapy or counseling, you can often find yourself living a happier, more balanced life.

Carolinas HealthCare System offers outpatient medication clinics throughout the Charlotte, NC, region. Experienced medical professionals work with you or your loved ones to educate you on the proper use of your medicines.

Behavioral Health
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