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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

The UnityPoint Health – Meriter – Child & Adolescent Psychiatry hospital is a unique facility in Dane County, providing support and services to children and teens who are in a state of mental health crisis. Built in 2004, Meriter has been pioneering innovative therapies, offering an inclusive family approach, and providing unique recreational and occupational therapy options. 

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Expansion

Over the past 10 years, the number of children needing inpatient psychiatric care has grown by 77% at CAP. As the region's only provider of inpatient psychiatric treatment, the demand for services is now unprecedented. UnityPoint Health – Meriter is embarking on an ambitious and meaningful expansion to transform the delivery of mental health treatment for kids. Not all children who need help get it. With your support and the help of our community, there is hope.

See the Need

The expansion plans include a new Children's Wing and an Outpatient Center. The wing will add 10 new patient rooms and activity and therapy spaces for children under 11. The existing facility will be updated including 20 rooms for adolescent patients, new therapy spaces, a classroom, and recreational areas. The Outpatient Center will provide critical day treatment services not readily available in our community. With this expansion, more kids will receive care:

 Current Facility  New Expansion by 2020 
 804 inpatient admissions        1,473 inpatient admissions  
 0 outpatient visits

3,054 outpatient visits  

Learn more about our expansion plans. 

The aim is to:

  • Say yes to every child who needs care (during the school year, up to 26 kids a day are on our wait list due to lack of space)
  • Expand CAP's unique approach (family-centered, compassionate, outdoor settings, recreational & occupational therapy and transitional services)
  • Keep families together for better results (many patients are sent far from home for care)
  • Provide the first and only day treatment program in the region (full-day and half-day treatment programs provide an easier transition back into the community after an inpatient stay) 

Make a Gift | Your support will make a difference 

UnityPoint Health – Meriter's ambitious expansion in Madison will transform the delivery of mental health care for children and teens in our region. We are seeking gifts to help make this dream a reality.