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Clinical Services at Rush Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit
Program Description

The Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, provides exceptional comprehensive assessment, therapeutic and educational services to children and adolescents exhibiting emotional or behavioral disturbances.

Our inpatient child and adolescent program consists of a 15-bed unit that accommodates male and female patients ages 2 to 17. The program has a high staff-to-patient ratio, ensuring that nursing staff is available to help a child at all times. The unit enables the treatment team to provide a safe, therapeutic environment for assessments and stabilization, with the added convenience of access to other top-of-the-line health services such as the pediatric medicine, neurology, psychology and many other departments.

The programming on 4 Kellogg is based on acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT. The name nicely summarizes the approach encouraging people to practice a kind of compassionate self-acceptance for uncontrollable conditions, while taking committed actions toward creating the kind of life they most want to live.

Interventions are designed to help kids increase their awareness of environmental demands and their personal values, and to be able to coexist with challenging thoughts and feelings while taking actions in the service of achieving necessary and desired life goals.

ACT has been validated by research to be effective at addressing a broad range of psychological conditions and promoting improved function in roles like work and school.

Our treatment team integrates a wide array of individualized interventions, as well as an emphasis on education, social, and vocational growth keeping groups and activates ACT consistent while making sure that groups complement each other.

The interdisciplinary team is an integrated team, working together closely in creating and implementing an individualized treatment plan with each patient. Our team officially meets weekly for individualized treatment planning goals and interventions. With the consent of the patient and family, outside providers are encouraged to participate in weekly staffing and the discharge planning process.

Families also participate in our programming, including family sessions with our unit social worker and weekly family education, and family support group directed by our nit psychologist.

Our psychiatrists and interdisciplinary staff are committed to creating an environment where children and adolescents are respected, responded to and understood. Mindfulness exercises are incorporated in our daily schedule.

By assessing and diagnosing negative behavior, we are often able to treat episodes of rage and extreme frustration. We create an environment of safety by fostering open communication, setting healthy limits and helping children learn how to regulate their emotions and behavior.

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The Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit's multidisciplinary team includes:
  • Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist
  • Board-certified psychiatric nurses
  • Licensed psychologists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Registered occupational therapists
  • Recreation and art therapists
  • Mental health workers
  • Certified special education teacher
  • Specialty consultation services, including pediatricians and licensed clinical psychologists

All patients are assessed and evaluated by a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Our psychiatrists are board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and experts in diagnosis and treatment of disorders in children and adolescents. Our psychiatrists have faculty appointments at Rush University, giving them access to cutting-edge knowledge about the latest advances in medication management for the alleviation of emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents.

Our pediatric psychiatrists meet with their patients daily for evaluation and assessments and to coordinate their evaluation and treatment recommendations with the interdisciplinary team as well as with the patients' parents and their health care providers outside of Rush.

We realize that psychiatric symptoms and behavioral disturbances can be associated with other non-psychiatric medical conditions. At Rush University, physicians from the Department of Pediatrics are closely involved with care of our patients. We take pride in our ability to access and work closely with other world-class health care professionals and state-of-the-art technology. We are confident that we can provide exceptional care for some of the more medically complex patients with psychiatric co-morbidities.

Families are encouraged to be actively involved in the treatment process. Our magnet-designated nursing staff seeks to understand the family's perspective of the patient's situation and work collaboratively with patients and their families by providing education about the child's difficulties. Family sessions are an integral part of the treatment at Rush. Our nursing services at Rush proves that our nurses are some of the best in the nation, many hold advanced degrees and are Board Certified with an emphasis in psychiatric nursing.

School: While at Rush, children and adolescents continue their academic work, staying enrolled in their own school and working with our certified teacher, who provides a liaison to their home school. Children and adolescents are required to attend school five days a week for two hours a day. Our teacher has her master's in special education, has endorsements in English, reading and language arts, science, history and math for primary, middle and secondary grade levels. Our team works with case managers in the patient's home school district in order to coordinate schoolwork and facilitate a smooth transition post discharge.

Occupational therapy: We provide assessments and individualized and group interventions to help children be more skillful in meeting life demands like school and relationships. Our approach is based on contemporary cognitive behavioral approaches with evidence of usefulness in treating a range of psychological and social problems. Services are developed and implemented by registered occupational therapists licensed by the state of Illinois.

Art therapy: Facilitated by art therapists, groups aim to improve or restore an individual's functioning and their sense of personal well-being via the use of art media, the creative process and the resulting artwork which allows individuals to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.

The art therapist on 4K uses the evidence-based approach called acceptance and commitment therapy to promote an individual's ability to live life to the fullest. ACT includes the principle of mindfulness, which is the art of paying attention to the details of the present moment. Just as in mindfulness meditation, creative expression can help you slow down and experience the present moment – and in being present, you can begin to respond to challenges rather than simply react to them.

Recreational Therapy: Recreational therapists utilize a wide range of activities and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and leisure needs of the patients. Recreational therapy interventions may include, but are not limited to, such activities as cooking/baking, art/projects, pet interaction, physical games, cooperative games and yoga or exercise.

Family Education and Support Group: Facilitated by a licensed psychologist, groups aim to educate and empower families to best manage challenges related to having children and/or adolescents with emotional and behavioral disturbances once the child is discharged to go home. Furthermore, groups provide families with support systems around the Chicagoland area.

We realize this is a difficult time for our patients and their families. Our goal is to provide exceptional and collaborative care in a supportive environment. While an average length of stay on our inpatient unit is approximately 7-10 days, we partner with outpatient provides to ensure smooth transition and referral.

Welcome to our exceptional program. If you have any question or concerns, please feel free to call us. Our leadership team is here to ensure that your child receives the best possible care.

Clinical Team
  • Mojgan Makki, MD, medical director, TIPS Clinic
  • Deborah Antens, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, unit director
  • Dawn Bounds, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, assistant unit director

Contact Name Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Program
Contact Phone (312) 942-4410
Contact E-mail


Rush University Medical Center
1653 W. Congress Parkway, 4th Floor Kellogg Pavilion
Chicago, IL 60612

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