Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Children of Bellevue works closely with the Child Child and Adolescent Psychiatry department at Bellevue Hospital. The children and teens are hospitalized on the 21st floor in two units – 21South and 21West. All programs involve a team of caregivers including psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and activities therapists. Children of Bellevue provides $35,000 for supplies and rewards, all raised through donations.
- Day Treatment Program: Our target population is adolescents who, because of severe psychopathology, cannot function in less comprehensive programs but are not in need of inpatient hospital services. They are adolescents whose psychological, familial, social and educational needs require multiple-input, interdisciplinary, comprehensive and integrated treatment. 212-562-4262
- The Child Psychiatry Unit of Bellevue Hospital center is a temporary home to youngsters 3 – 12 years old. The unit’s staff provides the structure, routines and activities that promote behavioral emotional and cognitive growth for the youngsters. These children will stay on the ward for at least three weeks for comprehensive psychological and psychiatric evaluations. Some may remain longer, until more permanent placement can be found for them.
- The Adolescent Psychiatry Unit houses children 12-18. We provide the patient with as many opportunities as possible to have positive, corrective emotional experiences that will add to a storehouse of good memories and a brighter, realistic sense of hope that will sustain them long after discharge. We hope this will help them find the strength and resources in their community that will prevent regression and self-destructive behavior. We also fund an incentive program – kids work to get rewards by earning “points” through good behavior.
All of our programs treat a variety of mental and behavioral health concerns such as:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Social anxiety disorder and other anxiety disorders
- Emotional or behavioral issues related to the experience of traumatic events
- Disruptive behavior disorders
- Multiple diagnoses
- Inpatient Child Psychiatry – 175 (average census of 13 per day)
- Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatry – 200 patients
- Outpatient Child Psychiatry – 352 patients
- Day Treatment Program – 41 patients
After CoB implemented the rewards program on the Adolescent Inpatient Unit, violent incidents were reduced by 60%.
Here’s a quote from “John,” a 16 year old who was recently discharged from the Adolescent Psych Unit. John has ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and was admitted because he was becoming violent when not getting what he wanted from his parents. After a recent volunteer activity, where John painted T-shirts with CoB volunteers, John thanked them for everything they do for kids like him. “You all make us get better faster, we work to achieve more and to stick with our programs.”
How do your donations help?
- $50 Will purchase Wednesday lunch, a reward for teens who work on their treatment program for a week.
- $100 Will purchase enough copies of a teen book so that we can have a weekly Book Group and encourage the children to read.
- $250 Will underwrite a field trip to a museum, where the children can engage in a normative activity and see a museum (for many of them for the first time in their lives).
- $500 Will provide a year of birthday parties for children in the hospital.
Children of Bellevue accepts various types of in-kind donations. All donations may be dropped off at Bellevue Hospital Center. Please call (212) 562-4130 for further assistance.
Our Wish List
- Children and Teen Clothing:
- New or Gently-Used Shirts and Pants
- New Underwear and Undershirts
- Slippers or Flip-Flops
- Personal Products (Travel Size preferred) :
- Liquid body wash
- Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
- Linens: New bath towels and face wash-cloths
- Activity books (Sudoku, Crossword, Word-Find)
- Activity kits (Oragami, Tie-Dye, braided jewelry)
- MP3 Players
- Books: New or gently used young adult chapter books
- Art Supplies
- Glue sticks
- Construction Paper
- Coloring books
If the value of a donated item exceeds $500, you may be required to file Form 8283 with IRS and obtain an appraisal if value exceeds $5,000.