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When a child’s mental health needs are unmet, it can have lifelong consequences. It affects their school, home and personal lives so it is imperative to address these issues as soon as possible.

Dayton Children's is leading advocacy and community partnerships to promote pediatric mental health by forming the Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources.

The Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources partners with the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Developmental Disabilities Services and the psychiatry division of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine to provide these resources and services to the community.

By partnering with other area organizations committed to this cause, Dayton Children's is better able to determine the needs of the community and how to best meet those needs.

behavioral health crisis center

A behavioral health crisis is a challenging time for a parent and child. We are here to help. Kids experiencing a mental health crisis require a more specialized environment to best serve their needs. The behavioral health crisis center at Dayton Children’s was designed to evaluate children in a safe, caring and effective way. In the crisis center, trained behavioral health clinicians will provide an assessment and connect children to the appropriate services, getting them help quicker.

Behavioral health crisis center operating hours:

Monday through Friday             8:00 am to midnight

Saturday and Sunday               2:00 pm to midnight

This video will help prepare you and your child for a visit to the behavioral health crisis center.

behavioral health inpatient unit

The goal of this unit is to stabilize a child in crisis in a safe, comfortable and supportive environment then connect that child to ongoing outpatient therapy. The healing process begins on the unit through a combination of traditional talk therapy, art, music and movement therapy as well as the unique use of an interactive media board. 

This video will help prepare patients and families for what to expect in this unit.

day treatment programs

Sometimes when a child is ready to leave the behavioral health inpatient unit, he or she isn’t quite ready to adjust back to normal life. That’s where day treatment programs can help smooth the way. Two levels of care in Dayton Children’s day treatment program can help your child transition back to living at home, going to school and interacting with the world.

In the partial hospitalization program, your teen comes to Dayton Children’s instead of school for one to two weeks, integrating psychoeducation and therapy with their school work. This allows for intensive help with avoiding self-harm, increasing recovery and coping skills, and transitioning back to their everyday life.

For teens who can function at school but still need a more intensive focus on recovery, Dayton Children’s offers the intensive outpatient program. For three hours, three days a week, teens attend group therapy to provide recovery skills for the areas that they may still be struggling with.

mental health emergencies

If your child is experiencing a mental health crisis and they are at immediate risk for hurting him/herself or others, please call 911 or go to your local emergency department.

Crisis Hotline Numbers by County

  • Montgomery County Crisis Care - 937-224-4646
  • Clark County - 937-399-9500
  • Warren and Clinton Counties - 1-877-695-6333 (NEED)
  • Butler County - 1-844-427-4747 or 1-844-4CRISIS
  • Greene County - 937-376-8701
  • Darke County, Miami County, Shelby County - 1-800-351-7347
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A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit.