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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

The UnityPoint Health – Meriter – Child & Adolescent Psychiatry is a unique facility in Dane County, providing support and services to children and teens who are in a state of mental health crisis.  Each year, over 800 children and their families turn to Meriter's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) for safe, compassionate mental health care.  

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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Expansion

Over the past 10 years, the number of children needing inpatient psychiatric care has grown by 77%. During the school year, up to 26 kids a day are referred to other facilities outside of Dane County because there isn't enough room locally to care for them.  Not all children who need help get it. With your support and the help of our community, there is hope.

Our expansion plans include a new Children's Wing and an Outpatient Center, for day treatment services not currently offered at the hospital. 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. 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  

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