Setting a new standard
We have a bold vision to provide the very best, family-centered mental health care for kids and teens.
While minor renovations have kept the Pediatric Mental Health Institute compliant with safety standards, our facilities are in need of expansion and renovation to set a new standard for mental health treatment.
Your support will allow us to transform the Pediatric Mental Health Institute where we treat the full spectrum of mental health disorders. Renovations will take place on four floors. Every detail will carefully consider the needs of patients going through a mental health challenge.
Putting families first
We will expand our patient rooms to add pull-out beds for families to sleep overnight and be involved in their child’s treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just like care we deliver in the rest of the hospital.
We recognize it is neither compassionate nor effective for families to be apart during difficult times. When families stay involved in treatment, they have the tools to help their child’s recovery after they leave the hospital.
We also know that having clinical space that looks different for mental health exasperates stigma. We are committed to not only changing this, but also paving the way for the highest standard of mental health care.
Every unit will have a respite area only available to families on that floor, where they can relax and find comfort in the presence of other families going through similar challenges.
Meeting the demand
We will also add inpatient rooms. Currently, we cannot meet the rising demand for inpatient mental health services. Kids and teens are coming to our Pediatric Mental Health Institute in growing numbers. Many have complex — and treatable — mental health needs that other providers and facilities are not able to address. For at least four months every year, the inpatient unit for psychiatric emergencies at Children’s Colorado operates at 100 percent capacity. This is not sustainable for our staff, and many patients have to wait to get into treatment. During that time, a mental health problem can escalate.
We will also expand capacity for Partial Hospitalization Programs, where kids stay all day for treatment but sleep at home. This type of treatment has proven to have lasting impact because kids and teens are able to maintain some routine while also receiving intensive care.
This major capital transformation will allow our staff to deliver the very best care for the families who depend on us. To make this vision possible, we are seeking $20 million in philanthropic support. Thanks to a $5 million grant from the Anschutz Foundation to support the fifth and sixth floors, we are on our way to making this a reality.