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Child and Adolescent Inpatient Treatment

Child and Adolescent Inpatient Treatment

Children and Adolescent Treatment

We help young people ages 5 to 17 — as well as their families — learn to cope with behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other mental health disorders. We offer both inpatient children’s mental health and inpatient adolescent mental health services at our main location. The professionals working with children and adolescents understand that developmental, social and educational factors must be taken into consideration when working with this special population.

How will you know your child needs us?

Children and teens with behavioral or emotional problems struggle at school and at home. A mental disorder could be putting obstacles in your child’s way. Mental health problems in children and teenagers are surprisingly common in today’s complicated world. They can interfere with a young person’s development, relationships and daily life. Fortunately, there are a variety of juvenile inpatient treatment options that can help keep life in balance. Our experienced inpatient child psychiatry professionals offer smart, hopeful solutions in a secure environment.

Serious signs

Please don’t ignore these signals that your child may need help!

  • Suicidal thoughts/actions
  • Drug/alcohol abuse
  • Aggressive/destructive behavior
  • Self-injury
  • Sadness/depression
  • Anxiety/confusion
  • Change in sleep or appetite
  • Losing interest in appearance and friends
  • Mood swings/outbursts/tantrums
  • Bullying
  • Theft, vandalism, truancy
  • Withdrawing from friends and activities
  • Hallucinations/delusions
  • School problems: bad grades, bad behavior, inability to focus, refusal to attend or do school work


We are very fortunate to enjoy a partnership with the El Paso Independent School District to provide special education services for appropriate patients while they receive inpatient children behavioral health and inpatient adolescent behavioral health treatment at our facility. Classrooms on campus are dedicated to each age group, and computer labs are available for those who are able to participate in these services.

Children and adolescents attending our outpatient services are provided opportunities to work on classroom assignments from school while in the program and their attendance is reported back to El Paso Independent School District for further accountability and tracking.

Child and Adolescent Inpatient Staff

Inpatient Medical Director – Osvaldo Gaytan, MD, PhD; Phil Petrus, PA
Inpatient Program Manager – Michelle Cortez, LPC
Inpatient Nurse Manager – Juliana Messer, RN

Help is Only a Call Away

El Paso Behavioral Health is a psychiatric hospital specializing in mental health and chemical dependency treatment, as well as specialized military mental health treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with behavioral health or substance use issues help is here. 

We cannot offer a diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, however, our professional staff offer 24/7 assessments at no cost. Don’t wait. Begin a healthier future with us today. Call 915-544-4000 for a no-cost, confidential assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Se habla español.