Frequently Asked Questions

What does the program do?
Our Crisis Psychiatric Care (Subacute) Program provides a calming, secure setting for children in crisis. The short-term program is designed to resolve crisis situations and reduce the danger of aggression or self-harm. Albertina Kerr has particular experience working with children who have both developmental disabilities and a mental health diagnosis. Our priority is to help children return to a setting where they have natural support and family connections.

What do children do while in the program?
Children attend groups to learn better methods of coping with challenges. A Master-level therapist provides individual and family therapy to identify needs and assist in linking the family with options for follow-up services as the child leaves the facility. Children receive frequent check-ins for emotional support and are supervised through the time they are in the program. They may also participate in structured games and recreation activities. An art therapist also works with children in the program.

Where do children stay?
Our facility has three, six-person units. Each unit has two bathrooms with private showers and a common area where children eat, play and join in treatment activities. Each child has his or her own bedroom. The facility also contains a gym, two family meeting rooms and a secure, fenced outside area with a play structure.

How is the family involved?
Albertina Kerr focuses on family and community involvement. We typically set up a family team meeting within the first week of care. The psychiatrists, clinical care coordinators and the entire team will work collaboratively with the family to complete treatment and agree on next steps, including making connections with community resources and other treatment services. Family/caregiver input is critical during this process. Information, ideas and suggestions are encouraged and expected from the family.