Inpatient Programs

Children Services

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Our pediatric staff is skilled and experienced in child development issues as well as the treatment of behavioral and psychiatric concerns. We have implemented a Behavior Motivation program on our children’s unit to promote optimal outcomes for treatment.


The adolescent program, in which the units are separated by gender, is for those between the ages of 13-17. It is designed to foster increased independence, personal responsibility and improved relationships with family, peers and community. The program is intended to assist young people with emotional problems while teaching coping strategies to better manage stress and to encourage emotion identification and expression.


Our experience has shown that having the gender separate units provide adolescents with a unique treatment milieu in which they are free to focus on treatment without distractions. It fosters an environment for working on their sense of worth without feeling defined by the other gender.


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We have a caring atmosphere in which our clinical staff meet the individual needs of patients. This includes stabilizing acute psychiatric symptoms, providing education about the symptoms and treatment of their illness while planning for their successful reintegration into the community.

We offer specialty treatment tracts for Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD) and military personnel.

Intellectual disability, which originates before the age of 18, is a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behavior (AAIDD, 2007). Our treatment tract provides additional Expressive Therapies and groups focused on social skills and independent living skills. Patients also engage in hands on activities to augment independence and tactile stimulation.

The tract for military personnel, through collaboration with our local VA hospitals and community collaborators, is designed to meet the unique needs of this population. Consistent with our treatment philosophy of providing Trauma Informed Care, working with veterans is a natural union for our services and capabilities. In addition to the usual programming, those in the veteran tract receive more intensive substance abuse services and art therapy or other expressive therapies.

Older Adults

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As the population of older adults increases, we are mindful of the need to better understand how aging and mental health correlate. The aging process often involves coping with physical limitations, changes in cognitive status and a variety of losses including bereavement. Typical admissions come from other hospitals, those in nursing homes, and elders in the community who have had a significant change in mental status.

Our treatment track for older adults is an inter-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals committed to treating the distinct needs of this population. This team includes Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapist, Expressive Therapists and Mental Health Associates. Collaboratively with the person served and their family, the team develops individualized treatment plans to optimize treatment outcomes.

Intellectual Disability Behavioral Health Program

Persons living with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability experience limitations with their intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. These limitations are expressed in the person’s conceptual, social and practical everyday living skills. It is widely accepted that individuals with intellectual disabilities face an increased vulnerability to developing mental health problems. Riveredge hospital has a 22 bed crisis stabilization unit designed to meet the individual needs of these individuals. Working with families and collaborative agencies across the state of Illinois, the Behavioral Health Program offers the following:

  • Experienced program therapists providing individual, family and group counseling/therapy
  • Alternative Treatment Modalities to meet needs of each individual
  • Milieu therapy that follows behavioral principals
  • Expressive Therapy 7 days/week which includes Dance/Movement, Art, Drama and Creative Arts
  • Comfort and Music rooms to promote development of healthy coping skills and meet sensory needs in a safe environment
  • Interdisciplinary treatment team providing thoughtful and thorough discharge planning
  • Collaboration and coordination with families, provider agencies, PAS/ISSA and DHS