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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Inpatient Therapy & Treatment Program Near Pittsburgh, PA

The inpatient program at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital offers individualized care for children and adolescents ages 4-18 whose lives have been disrupted by severe mental health challenges. Our inpatient facility near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, helps families start to heal so they can return to their daily lives.

Inpatient Program Overview

Introduction to the inpatient treatment program at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital near Pittsburgh, PA 

Southwood Psychiatric Hospital is the leading provider of care for children and adolescents who are struggling with a number of mental health concerns. Our inpatient care facility near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, helps children and adolescents ages 4-18 of all genders who are experiencing severe symptoms of a mental health disorder achieve emotional stabilization and a higher level of functioning, allowing them to step down to a lower level of care and start to transition back to their daily lives.

A common question parents and guardians ask our staff is what is inpatient treatment? This is an acute level of care that typically includes a short hospital stay, during which your child or teen receives round-the-clock medical care and intensive therapeutic interventions. The goal of the inpatient program is to help your child or teen reach a point in their recovery where they can move on to a lower level of care, such as a residential program, partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), or outpatient therapy.

Our inpatient center is located just south of Pittsburgh and is surrounded by the peaceful wooded landscape of southwest Pennsylvania. The Southwood campus features several outdoor courtyards equipped with basketball courts and a large indoor gym with another basketball court for your child or teen to enjoy during their time in inpatient therapy. Our caring and compassionate staff is committed to providing care for your child or teen in an environment that is safe and confidential, helping them get on the path to better health and wellness

Who We Serve

Learn about the quality inpatient treatment program at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital

We understand that children and adolescents have unique treatment needs that must be met to ensure they receive the most benefit out of inpatient therapy at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital. Our inpatient facility near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, specializes in helping children and teens of all genders ages 4-18 heal from the severe mental health symptoms they are experiencing. We also care for transgender children and teens who are suffering from acute symptoms of a mental health disorder.

Some of the mental health challenges we commonly provide care for at our inpatient center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, include: 

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 
  • Panic disorder 
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 

If your child or teen is feeling overwhelmed by intense symptoms of a mental health disorder, the inpatient program at Southwood Behavioral Health can help. We will individualize your child or teen’s inpatient therapy during their time at Southwood to ensure the services they receive meets their unique strengths, challenges, goals, and needsOur staff is committed to helping your family get on the path to improved health and wellness so your child or teen can return to their home, school, and community.

Our Approach to Care at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital

A comprehensive, personalized approach to inpatient programs

Choosing the treatment that is right for you and your child can be a challenging process, but doing your research can help you make the decision that is most beneficial for your family. All of the staff members at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital are trained in child development and are highly experienced in working with children and adolescents who are struggling with mental health challenges or emotions and behaviors related to intellectual development disabilities. At our inpatient treatment center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we use a trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy approach to care to help your child or teen start to heal from the mental health concerns they are struggling with.

Knowing what to expect in treatment can also help you choose an inpatient treatment program that is right for your child or teen. We use evidence-based treatment methods and therapeutic interventions during inpatient therapy at Southwood. Group therapy is a fundamental aspect of intensive inpatient therapy, and master’s level clinicians, nurses, and other mental health professionals lead group therapy sessions multiple times a day on a variety of topics intended to help your child or teen learn to develop the skills they need to manage their symptoms. 

Participating in group therapy can be highly beneficial for your child or teen because they will have the opportunity to hear from others who are also struggling with mental health challenges. This often helps patients feel less isolated and provides them with an opportunity to build a new support system. Your child or teen will also have the chance to learn new ways to cope with their feelings and symptoms and build the tools they need manage their mental health disorder in healthier ways. 

Your child or teen may also experience individual therapy sessions as a part of their inpatient counseling at Southwood, as well as experiential therapies such as yoga, music and art therapies, and access to an outdoor area, where they can participate in outdoor activities. Our inpatient treatment center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is also committed to keeping families connected and involved throughout your child or teen’s recovery. We offer family therapy sessions throughout the duration of the inpatient program and, if appropriate for their recovery, aim for the family to have daily contact with your child or teen.

The Admissions Process

An overview of the admissions process for inpatient treatment

The inpatient program at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital helps children and adolescents ages 4-18 who are experiencing acute symptoms of a mental health disorder. Your referring provider can call or fax the admissions specialists at our inpatient treatment center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to set up an assessment to determine if your child or teen would benefit from hospitalization at Southwood. If your child or teen is experiencing a crisis, please present to your local emergency department for a mental health assessment. If the emergency department determines your child or teen is in need of intensive inpatient treatment, we will work with your local emergency department on the referral process and the transportation to get your child or teen the care they need. 

If you think your child or adolescent might benefit from inpatient therapy at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital please contact us at your convenience. A knowledgeable member of our staff can answer any questions you might have about our inpatient care facility near Pittsburgh, PA.

I learned a lot during my stay here which helped me in my longer journey.

– Former client