About our Units
CHA has two hospital units with age-appropriate care for children.
Child Assessment Unit (CAU) - serving ages 3 – 12.
Adolescent Assessment Unit (AAU) - serving ages 13 – 18.
Family Centered Care
Our units are family-centered and our care is trauma-sensitive. Parents and guardians are viewed as partners and we encourage your active involvement.
We believe that family participation is vital to effective, comprehensive, and collaborative care.
When clinically appropriate, we encourage parents to stay overnight with their child.
What to Expect
When your child is admitted to our unit, we will:
- Conduct a thorough assessment of your child’s diagnostic and treatment needs.
- Assess and monitor medical issues related to your child's psychiatric care
- Meet with your child every day.
- Meet with your family to support treatment and treatment related goals.
- Contact your outside providers.
- Conduct systems / collateral meetings to coordinate care.
- Make recommendations for parents and outside providers.
- Make referrals and coordinate aftercare services to support transition to the community.
During the course of your child’s stay, your child may benefit from:
- Group therapy sessions
- Family therapy consultation
- Sibling and family support groups
- Psychological testing
- A health check up from a CHA pediatrician
- Educational resources to help children continue age-appropriate school work
Length of Stay:
The average length of stay on our units is based on your child’s needs, but is often 7-10 days.