Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Psychiatric Inpatient Hospital Specializing in Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents near Pittsburgh, PA

Mental Health Recovery Services

Our programming offers innovative behavioral health and psychiatric therapies.


Our acute inpatient service provides individualized care that assists in stabilizing your son, daughter or loved one who is struggling with severe emotional, behavioral, and cognitive concerns.


Our CHOICES residential service offers comprehensive treatment for adolescent males who are suffering from psychological disturbances, as well as engaging in problematic conduct behaviors.


At Southwood, we offer an IDD and ASD service that provides safe, caring treatment for adolescent males who are facing the challenges that come from intellectual disabilities and developmental delays.

Family-Based Services

Our Family Based Mental Health Service provides intensive, home-based crisis stabilization services, therapeutic interventions, family support, and case management for youth and their families.

Helping Your Child Develop Coping Skills for a Happy, Healthy Life
in a safe, comfortable, therapeutic environment
Why Choose Southwood?

Why choose Southwood Psychiatric Hospital near Pittsburgh, PA

Southwood Psychiatric Hospital provides comprehensive, age-appropriate care to children and adolescents whose lives have been impacted by a broad scope of emotional, behavioral, developmental, and cognitive challenges.  

To ensure that each young person receives the focused treatment that they need in the environment that is best suited to them, our mental health hospital near Pittsburgh, PA, offers the following four programs: 

  • Acute inpatient program: All genders ages 4-18 
  • CHOICES residential program: Males ages 10-18 
  • Intellectual developmental disability/autism spectrum disorder (IDD/ASD) residential program: Males ages 6-21 
  • Family-based mental health services (FBMHS) program: All genders ages 3-18 

Treatment at Southwood features an array of customized therapeutic interventions. All adolescents follow a personalized treatment plan that addresses their specific needs and goals. Your child’s personalized plan will be monitored throughout their time with us, and we will update the plan as necessary to ensure they are receiving maximum benefit from our inpatient care services or residential programming. 

When you choose Southwood, your child’s personalized care will be provided by a dedicated team of experienced professionals. Every member of the Southwood team is committed to providing superior services within a safe and highly supportive environment.  

At Southwood, we understand that the decision to seek mental health treatment for your child at an inpatient hospital can be a difficult one. When you choose our mental health hospital, you can rest assured that your entire family will be treated with the utmost dignity and respect as we all work together to develop the personalized solutions that will prepare your child for long-term success. 

What We Treat

Disorders that we treat at our mental health hospital

All admissions decisions at our inpatient care facility are made on an individual basis following a thorough review of each young person’s treatment history, symptoms, needs, and goals.  

In general, we treat young people who have been dealing with challenges such as the following: 

  • Anxiety disorders  
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 
  • Autism spectrum disorder 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Intellectual developmental disabilities 
  • Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) 
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) 
  • Paraphilias 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) 
  • Sexually maladaptive behaviors 

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all the challenges or concerns for which a young person can receive treatment at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital. Also, although we provide specialized services for certain adolescents who have been exhibiting sexually maladaptive behaviors, we are not able to admit any young people who have been convicted of sexual offenses or any other felonies. 

If at any point prior to admission we determine that our inpatient services or residential programs are not the right fit for an adolescent, we will work with the family to make a referral to a more appropriate provider. Our goal is always to identify the types and levels of care that will best meet the unique needs of each adolescent.  

To determine if our mental health hospital is the ideal environment for your child, please contact us at your earliest convenience. A member of our team is available 24/7 to answer your questions and help you make the most informed decisions for your child and your family. 

Vibrant Family Support

Developing family-focused solutions to support parents and other loved ones

At Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, we understand how a child’s mental health challenges can impact parents and siblings, and we’re committed to developing family-focused solutions. 

Throughout your child’s time in our mental health hospital, these professionals will include you in all treatment decisions and provide you with the information and support that you need, so you can remain a vital presence in your child’s life. We value the involvement of parents and other caregivers, and we’re committed to providing you with the information, guidance, and support that you need, every step of the way. 

Our commitment to parents, caregivers, and other family members continues with our discharge planning services. We know that your child’s time at our inpatient hospital will be just one part of their recovery journey. Our detailed discharge planning process ensures that you are connected with the mental health professionals, peer-led groups, and other community-based resources that will support your child and your family after your time at Southwood has concluded. 

In addition to our inpatient services and residential programming, we also offer intensive in-home care via our family-based mental health services (FBMHS) program. The FBMHS program features crisis stabilization services, therapeutic interventions, family support, and case management.  

Care within the FBMHS program is provided by mental health experts who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

To learn more about our commitment to family support, or for details about how we can meet your family’s unique needs, please contact us at your convenience.

How to Get Help

Getting help for your child at our mental health hospital for adolescents

Getting help for an adolescent who needs inpatient hospital care or residential treatment for mental health concerns can be a challenging endeavor. However, with the right guidance, you can find the type and level of care that’s best for your child. 

Two of the most important steps in this process are identifying the full scope of your child’s needs and understanding the treatment options that are available to you. Southwood Psychiatric Hospital can help you with both of these matters. Our experts can explain the assessment and diagnostic process to you, and we can also review the types and levels of care that are available at our mental health hospital near Pittsburgh, PA.  

Our focus on personalized care means that each adolescent has a unique experience at our mental health hospital. To learn more about how we can help your child, please contact us directly. The more we understand about the challenges your child has been dealing with, the better we’ll be able to describe how we can help.  

A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We look forward to answering all your questions and providing you with the information that you need, so you can make the best decisions for your child and your family.

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  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
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Our Promise

We strive to help children and teens find a new beginning by providing the high-quality care they deserve to learn how to cope with mental health disorders.

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I give Southwood a big thanks — they were the help that I have been looking for. The staff was wonderful!

– Former client