Inpatient Child/Adolescent Unit


The child and adolescent program is for young people under age 18 exhibiting behavioral health problems that impair their ability to function at home or in school. The unit operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The inpatient unit, located within the East Unit of Penn Highlands DuBois, features 11 private and semi-private rooms, a classroom, dining room, recreational lounge and therapy offices. It is access-controlled for patient safety.

Patients are seen daily by a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and members of our multidisciplinary treatment team. The clinical program is based upon thorough diagnostic evaluation including psychiatric, physical, social, and psychological assessments.

Common problems treated include:

  • Eating disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Adjustment reactions
  • Depression and bi-polar disorders
  • Severe attention deficit disorders

Classroom instruction with a certified special education teacher enables patients to keep up with their studies while hospitalized. Recreational activities are also integrated into the program on a daily basis.


Direct referrals to the Child and Adolescent Unit can be made by schools, community mental health agencies, children and youth agencies, physicians and other professionals in the community. Parents can take their child to the Penn Highlands DuBois Emergency Department for an assessment with a trained mental health worker for inpatient placement or outpatient services referral.

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