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UnityPoint Health - Madison

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

UnityPoint Health – Meriter offers community-based inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs for children and adolescents in South Central Wisconsin. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) serves young people ages 6-18 with severe behavioral health challenges such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and self-harming behaviors.


Dedicated to meeting the unique needs of children and teens who require inpatient psychiatric care, our Child & Adolescent Psychiatry is located in southwest Madison at 8102 Wellness Way


Use County Trunk PD / McKee Road to Meriter Way & turn as you would normally go to the McKee Clinic.  Go past the UnityPoint Health - Meriter McKee Clinic (Meriter Way) to the top of the hill (Wellness Way). Turn right to access the CAP parking lot.

Our Team 

The treatment team includes child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, licensed psychotherapists, occupational and recreational therapists, social workers, mental health specialists and certified teachers.

Common Conditions We Treat

Our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program treats patients affected by a variety of psychiatric illnesses; common patient concerns include: depressive disorders, bipolar disorders (manic-depressive illness), social withdrawal, self-harming behaviors, attention and concentration difficulties, phobias and other anxiety disorders, thought disorders and more.

Therapeutic Activities Offered

Based on evaluation results, our hospital staff works with the patient's psychiatrist and family to develop an individualized treatment plan. Treatment ranges from intensive one-on-one counseling to group activities. Typical treatment activities include:

  • One-on-one support and counseling
  • Crisis intervention with a focus on recovery
  • Problem-solving
  • Training in assertive communication
  • Social skills enhancement, focused on managing emotions and developing mindfulness
  • Educational programs
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 
  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Exercise and movement activities
  • Individual tutoring 
  • Family therapy sessions and education
  • Parent education and support sessions

Family Involvement

Positive change is most often initiated and facilitated through the family. We encourage parents and other adults to be involved in family therapy sessions.

Parent & Caregiver Support Group

Register for CAPable Caregivers. This group will discuss different psycho-educational topics as well as provide a supportive group environment for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents that live with mental health diagnoses

This group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Click Here to Register


January 19th, 2023

Topic: Starting the New Year with Positive Self-Care

February 16, 2023

Topic: Screen Time & Social Media Health presented by Dr. Jonathan Vu

March 16, 2023

Topic: Psychiatric Medication Review with a Mental Health Pharmacist – Alex Sklansky, PharmD, BCPP

April 20, 2023

Topic: TBD

If you are interested in becoming a UnityPoint Health – Meriter Volunteer, please contact Volunteer Services at: msn_volunteer@unitypoint.org or 608-417-6257


Our mental health and substance use disorder programs are certified by The Joint Commission and by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance.

Payment and Insurance Information

Most insurance policies cover mental health services. If you have questions about your coverage, please contact your insurance provider.

Support Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  

Our foundation has an expansion goal of $3 million. We are deeply grateful for donor support and believe that every level of contribution makes a difference. 

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