Childhood should be one of the most exciting and nurturing
times in a child’s life. For many children, however, childhood
has become too stressful and many children experience emotional problems. Others develop behavioral problems resulting
in difficulties both at school and at home. For many children, hospitalization
is necessary to assure safety and to begin the journey to a healthy,
Forest View Hospital brings over 35 years experience
to the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents
with emotional and behavioral difficulties. In addition
to general psychiatric services, Forest View Hospital provides specialized
treatment for children and adolescents with eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. Family involvement is encouraged and staff are sensitive to and supportive of familiy needs.
A key to our treatment services is the ability to respond to a family
or referral source at all times, including holidays and weekends.
We provide a 24-hour intake team that can provide assessment and admission
or referral services.
Hospital services include an acute inpatient psychiatric program for
children and adolescents. Treatment is designed for children and adolescents
who are at risk to themselves or others, who require crisis intervention
and stabilization and are unable to function at home, school or in
a less restrictive setting. The child and adolescent inpatient program provides
individualized treatment for each person.
The child and
adolescent program provides a safe and structured therapeutic environment
that emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to individual challenges
and issues. Structured programming occurs seven days a week with both
group and family therapies. Specific treatment groups include psychodrama,
medication education, drug awareness and prevention, discharge planning,
body movement, social skills training and psycho-educational
Partial Hospitalization provides a structured plan of intensive treatment
on an outpatient basis, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Program services include
group and family therapies and medication management. The program
is designed as both an alternative to hospitalization as well as a
key component in the continuous spectrum of care following hospitalization.
Both inpatient and partial hospital services include an interdisciplinary
team model incorporating the psychiatrist, nurses, case managers,
activity therapists and mental health clinicians. Each team member
has both the training and skills necessary to meet the unique treatment
needs of children, adolescents and their families. The staff fosters a teaching
environment that emphasizes individual responsibility and the development
of tools to support a successful discharge plan.
Family members are an important part of the treatment team throughout
the assessment, treatment and discharge planning processes. Family
involvement is essential in creating a
positive transition from hospitalization to the home, school and work
Referral sources are kept informed of the patient's progress from
admission through discharge. There is a strong emphasis on this aspect
of patient care.
Housing for families of patients in the Child and Adolescent Treatment
Services is available at the Ronald
McDonald House in Grand Rapids, Michigan.