The Batson Children’s Hospital behavioral unit is Mississippi’s only pediatric hospital-based mental health treatment facility. We treat children with behavioral and/or emotional challenges that are not being successfully managed at home or school.
The inpatient unit admits patients with most behavioral and psychiatric issues including aggressive or compulsive behaviors, depression, anxiety, self-harm tendencies and developmental delays. Our program also cares for children who have other medical conditions in addition to emotional and behavioral problems.
As a part of the state's only pediatric hospital, when a child is admitted to the Batson Hospital behavioral unit, all mental and physical needs are addressed on the unit.
Unlike most facilities, our 12-bed short-term unit is designed with private rooms especially for children ages 4-12. Multidisciplinary treatment teams include psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, specially-trained pediatric nurses, pediatric social works, certified special education teachers and occupational, physical and speech therapists.
The goal of each admission is to quickly stabilize the child. We accomplish this by tailoring a treatment plan for each child that includes:
Upon admittance to the behavioral unit, each moment of the child’s day is scheduled to provide therapeutic and educational opportunities, including: