Pediatric Inpatient Psychiatry

The Nyman Family Unit for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellness is a 16-bed inpatient psychiatric unit in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The unit is comprised of a 13-bed general bed wing and a 3-bed subunit for youth with significant behavioral or developmental needs. Given its location within the children’s hospital, the unit has the added advantage of caring for youth who may have other limited medical needs at the same time as their psychiatric needs. 

The Nyman unit offers inpatient psychiatric care for a variety of childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders. State-of-the-art care is provided for suicide, self-harm behaviors, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis (difficulty recognizing what is real and what is not), eating disorders and behavioral disorders. Services are provided with a trauma-informed focus and for youth with all developmental abilities. 

Diagnosis and treatment are provided by a multidisciplinary team led by a physician and includes advance practice providers, psychology, nursing, social work, activity therapy and learning specialists. 

Treatment can include:

  • Individual therapeutic skills
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy and crisis stabilization
  • Psychoeducation (combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy and education)
  • Behavioral planning and intervention
  • Care coordination
  • Educational intervention
  • Medication management

The program also provides academic assessments and advocates for a patient's educational needs in coordination with their school’s staff.

We are aware of the scarcity of inpatient resources in the community for youth with complex psychiatric needs. We strive to provide care and multidisciplinary consultation at the highest level. Given the high demand for inpatient psychiatric admission and limited mental health resources throughout the state, inpatient admission is considered through a multidisciplinary team with a standardized prioritization strategy to provide care equitably, while prioritizing youth that uniquely need access to the services provided on the Nyman unit