FAQ on Acute Care - Clarity Child Guidance Center

FAQ on Acute Care

We understand that as a parent or guardian you may feel anxious about taking your child to a treatment center like ours. What is it really like? Below are the answers to parents' most frequently asked questions about our inpatient program.

What type of services will my child receive?
Clarity Child Guidance Center offers a full range of services for children and teenagers experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. Each child’s situation is different and every treatment program is individually structured to meet those specific needs. All of our services are provided by a team of specially trained professionals. No matter which level of care your child requires, our staff will approach it with dignity, respect and understanding, while working to assist your child in expressing his or her needs.

Is my child going to be isolated in a room?
Our treatment involves regular, positive interaction with staff and other children in their age group. Not including normal sleeping time, most of the children’s time is spent participating in therapeutic activities, both indoor and outdoor.

Is my child going to be safe?
Yes. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of your child. We maintain a minimum of a one-to-three, staff-to-patient ratio to ensure children and adolescents receive proper nursing care. A great deal of care and planning has gone into creating an overall atmosphere that demonstrates dignity, respect, and understanding. If necessary, a staff member will monitor a child on an individual basis.

Am I going to see or hear from my child during their stay?
You can visit and have meals with your child while they are on campus. Access by phone is possible at any time of the day or night. We also offer a daily status report, and there is always someone available to answer questions about your child’s daily routine, activities and treatment.

Is my child going to be upset with me?
At admission, a certain amount of resistance is normal. Within a short period of time, most children have a very positive reaction to the care they receive here. The reassurance and understanding of our staff helps relieve pressures they may have been experiencing. Because we provide a lot of personal support and attention, we often see children overcome their negative feelings while they’re here.

Does staying at a psychiatric center imply serious mental illness?
Clarity is a place of hope and healing. A stay here allows our medical staff to do an extensive assessment and plan for the appropriate care of your child. Our goal is to help the child get to where they no longer need us. It sometimes takes more than one stay, but the care they receive here often protects children from very harmful decisions and activities. It can be a great start for major changes in the life of the child and his or her family.

What happens after the stay?
Children generally need continued support after their stay, usually from a therapist and/or a psychiatrist. We will help you with the next step by providing useful information to your current medical providers. We will also assist you in finding other community resources for your child when needed.