2024 Faces of NOLA Family

2024 The Face of Pediatric Mental Health

For more than 65 years, Children’s Hospital New Orleans has delivered expert pediatric healthcare for children as the first and largest free-standing children’s hospital in Louisiana. They also serve as one of the country’s top destinations for pediatric mental and behavioral healthcare.

The hospital’s free-standing 51-bed, 70,000-square-foot Behavioral Health Center, which opened its doors in 2021, is among the largest and most comprehensive pediatric programs in the nation and is the only psychiatric program in the Gulf Coast exclusively dedicated to the mental health needs of children and adolescents in crisis.

With a team of professionals providing evidence-based management for a range of challenges, the Behavioral Health Center provides the resources and expertise needed to help children and adolescents get their lives back, so they can get back to being kids again.

In addition to inpatient services, outpatient services include assessment and treatment of psychiatric and behavioral disorders such as Autism, ADHD and mood disturbances.

To provide enhanced care for specific needs, Children’s Hospital has added several specialized programs over the last two years, including the Feeding and Eating Disorder Center. This one-of-a-kind program in the Gulf South provides outpatient treatment so children can receive care while remaining home with their families.

The new Trauma and Grief Center is the only program in Louisiana that focuses solely on addressing trauma and grief among youth. Patients receive outpatient services after experiencing events such as the pandemic, natural disasters, crime, the death of a loved one and other traumatic events or bereavement.

The ThriveKids Student Wellness Program meets the medical and mental health needs of our youth where they are – in schools. With partnerships at NOLA Public Schools, Jefferson Parish Schools and Agenda for Children’s early learning centers, ThriveKids now supports kids from birth through graduation, covering more than 180 campuses, with more than 100,000 students.

For more information about Children’s Hospital’s mental and behavioral health services visit chnola.org

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