Acute/Inpatient/Hospital - Clarity Child Guidance Center


Key facts:

  • For patients at risk of harm to self or others
  • Goal is stabilization of the symptoms to bring the patient back to safety
  • Treatment length ranges from 4 to 10 days
  • Includes individual and family therapy, medication management, and psycho-education groups
  • 52-bed hospital on a child friendly campus

What is acute care treatment at Clarity?

Acute care treatment is designed for children or adolescents at risk of harm to themselves or others. The treatment takes place in our inpatient hospital and brings the child back to a level of safety and self control. Acute care treatment involves immediate evaluation, 24-hour nursing and doctor attention, medication if needed, and a plan for future treatment. The treatment also includes individual, group, and family counseling. A typical stay ranges in length from 4 to 10 days depending on the progress of the child.

When does a child qualify for acute care?

Acute care treatment helps children who are experiencing significant and distressing symptoms of a mental illness and require immediate treatment. One of these symptoms is harm to oneself or others. If you think your child is showing such symptoms, please call our 24/7 acute crisis line at 210-582-6412. You can talk to a licensed counselor, who is qualified to understand your current situation, and direct you to the appropriate services.

  • Read our checklist to determine if a patient may need acute care
  • Download a printer-friendly one-page fact sheet to give to your patient
  • Learn more about Clarity’s model of care.
  • Check out the family-friendly atmosphere of our campus by taking a virtual tour.