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. 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.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Expansion
We know not all children who need help get it. That's why UnityPoint Health – Meriter, in partnership with UW Health, is investing over $11 million to improve access to behavioral health services for children. Construction is underway on the new Children's Wing, which will add 10 additional patient rooms and an Outpatient Center for day treatment options not currently available at the facility.
Drone photography from March 2019, courtesy of Dr. Gene Yang, M.D.
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
Community and donor support has been incredible, with over $2.4 million raised to date! Meriter Foundation hopes to reach $3 million in contributions by December 2019.
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