Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services

The Pediatric Unit of the Missouri Psychiatric Center serves children 5-18 years old who require acute psychiatric care, with an average stay of five to seven days.  Depending on the child or adolescent's needs, treatment options may include medication management, group therapy, individual therapy and family therapy. Youth have opportunities for recreation and physical activities daily.

The adolescent program has adapted dialectic behavior therapy (DBT) as the framework for treatment, including the core strategies of validation and problem solving, and teaching mindfulness and distress tolerance skills.

All children also receive daily educational instruction from teachers at our facility who work with the child's home school. When a child or adolescent is discharged, our team provides an aftercare plan to parents or guardians.

How can you help?

Items such as craft, art, holiday and birthday party supplies; small toys and treats that serve as incentive prizes for good behavior; sensory basket items like journals, massagers, and music that help soothe and relax; videogame equipment like games and controllers for the Wii; as well as clothing items like socks and underwear assist the treatment team in creating a positive healing environment and are greatly appreciated.

For more information or to learn how you can
support Children's Hospital,
please contact:

MU Health Care Office of Advancement

University of Missouri Health Care
One Hospital Drive, DC066.00
Columbia, MO 65212
(573) 882-0488