Acute/Inpatient/Hospital - Clarity Child Guidance Center


Key facts about Clarity acute care:

  • Designed 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, psychiatric management, and psycho-education groups.
  • 66-bed hospital on a child-friendly campus.

What is acute care treatment?

The term “acute” means severe or intense. 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 them back to an appropriate 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.