Children and Adolescents

If your child is struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse – or has become a danger to himself or others – we're here to provide you and your loved one with help and healing.

Our Child and Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS) Behavioral Health Unit provides round-the-clock psychiatric care, including psychiatric evaluation and psychiatric stabilization for youth experiencing a mental health and/or substance abuse crisis or related mental health issue. Our 12-bed unit is designed for children ages 5-17 years who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder. The average length of stay is 4 days.

Through our affiliation with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, we are able to offer you and your child mental health support in a safe and therapeutic environment. Our hospital-based inpatient psychiatric unit gives us the unique ability to provide medical services on the spot, including EKGs, X-rays or other medical tests and treatments if needed. 

As required by federal guidelines, mental health services are available to those who meet the age, psychiatric and/or medical criteria. Incoming patients are never denied access due to inability to pay or geographic location of origin.

Child and Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS) Unit

Located at Memorial Regional Hospital

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Inpatient Psychiatric Services

  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Psychiatric treatment
  • Psychiatric stabilization
  • Biopsychosocial assessments
  • Lethality assessments
  • Suicide prevention (those with suicidal thoughts/suicidal ideation)
  • Psychiatric medication management and adjustment
  • Treatment for mood disorders
  • Treatment for thought disorders
  • Substance abuse treatment and detoxification
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Parent education groups (coping skills)
  • Discharge planning for the next level of care

Team Member Specialties

  • Board-certified psychiatrists
  • A psychologist
  • Advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs)
  • Registered nurses
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Psychiatric assistants
  • Social workers
  • Licensed clinical therapists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Clinical resource managers
  • Psycho-pharmacologist (pharmacist)
  • Specialty medical physicians
  • Peer specialists
  • Dieticians