Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit

Hurley’s Psychiatric Adolescent Inpatient Unit provides acute short-term treatment for patients ages 12-17 who are in psychiatric crisis. Adolescent patients are cared for in a comfortable, secure environment and separated from the adult population.

A multidisciplinary team led by a child psychiatrist and supported by nursing, social work, activity therapy and psychology services. All work together in developing personalized individual care plans to help restore mental stability and help adolescents achieve healthier lifestyles.

Most children who are admitted for inpatient treatment have demonstrated behaviors that make them a danger to themselves or others within the last 24 hours. On average, children stay for five to ten days during which they learn to manage their symptoms using appropriate coping strategies.

If your child is having a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.


Hurley’s Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit accepts patients 24-hours a day. Referrals may be made by physicians, counselors, psychologists, social workers, mental health agencies, family members, or friends. The decision to admit is made by a psychiatrist. Adolescents experiencing one or more of the following should be considered for referral:

  • Suicidal/homicidal thoughts/self-harming behaviors/threats or actions
  • Outbursts of anger or violence
  • Persistent disobedience or aggression
  • Expressions of guilt, hopelessness or anxiety
  • Co-occurring disorders (i.e. substance abuse, medical issues)
  • Defiance of authority, truancy or vandalism
  • Prolonged depression or negative outlook/self-esteem/life stressors
  • Challenges coping with problems or daily activities
  • Extreme emotional response to frustration
  • Hyperactivity or attention challenges
  • Severe or sudden changes in school performance

Referral Process is Easy as 1-2-3

STEP 1 - Call the unit 810.262.3599

You will be asked to provide:

  • Demographic Information (legal status)
  • Description of Symptoms, Presenting Behavioral/Psychiatric Issues
  • Current Medical Status

STEP 2 - Fax the following documents to 810.262.4768

  • Psychiatric/Medical/Substance Abuse History and Treatment
  • Diagnosis
  • Current Mental Health and Primary Treatment Providers
  • Current Medications
  • Social/Environmental History
  • Insurance Type

STEP 3 – Immediate Review

Patient information will be promptly reviewed with the psychiatrist and treatment team. Our goal is to have a decision and direction for you within an hour.

If the patient requires medical clearance prior to admission, we will direct you to Hurley Medical Center or your closest Emergency Department.