Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The UnityPoint Health – Meriter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program (CAP) exists to help children in crisis by providing individualized, short-term treatment in an inpatient setting. CAP addresses the unique mental health needs of children, 6 to 18 years old, in south central Wisconsin.
Since 2008, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has increased its admissions 41 percent, from 455 in 2008 to 769 in 2013. The average length of stay for patients has decreased by 34 percent during this same time period, from 8 days in 2008 to 5 days in 2013. Currently, nearly 900 patients receive care each year.
Our reputation for compassionate and innovative care is considered an industry best practice and our patients learn problem solving skills in a nurturing environment. Meriter's highly trained care team of psychiatrists, therapists, nurses and social workers reach out to families each day during a patient's stay as well as after a child is discharged to provide ongoing support and resources.
A gift to CAP can provide life changing hope to a young child. Your support will help us provide staff training in cognitive behavioral therapy, which is a coping tool to help patients better manage emotional outbursts and for an outdoor garden space for group therapy activities, recreation, horticulture therapy and a private retreat for family visits.