Children's Mental Health Inpatient Services

Fairview Behavioral Services offers mental health assistance to children ages 5 to 12. Programming is designed to meet a child’s psychological and emotional needs in a structured, safe inpatient setting. Treatment plans are designed around each individual patient’s needs. 

Every child will receive an initial evaluation upon entering the program, including: 
  • A complete medical history, including any developmental or social concerns
  • A complete physical exam by a physician
  • A comprehensive cultural assessment, if appropriate
  • A psychiatric evaluation
  • Educational assessment
  • Interviews with family members
  • Psychological testing as ordered by a physician
Once admitted, patients will have access to a variety of care options to help them meet their treatment goals. Available services include: 
  • Age-appropriate balance of verbal, nonverbal and experiential learning
  • A structured school experience provided by Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Chemical health education
  • Help with developing life skills, including coping skills, self-esteem, safety training, behavior management and social skills
  • Intensive family therapy and education
  • Ongoing assessment of progress and response to treatment
  • Referral to outpatient services if appropriate
  • Training in specialized intervention techniques for families and school personnel
  • Transfer back to the community through the day therapy program if appropriate

Family Involvement

When a child experiences emotional or behavioral problems, all family members are affected. We expect families to participate in the treatment process. Family therapy and parent education provide opportunities for parents and other family members to understand the reasons behind the child’s behavior, learn effective parenting skills and receive support.

Cultural Support Services

We are proud to serve a diverse patient population. We recognize that every patient has unique needs based on their family background and traditions. We are dedicated to providing each child with culturally-relevant patient education, support and advocacy services as needed.  

Our Team

Our team is made up of experts from many different areas of specialty care. They work together to help patients meet their treatment goals and communicate with family members, school personnel and other community members regarding patient progress. Your treatment team may include a variety of experts, including a:
  • Certified occupational therapy assistant
  • Cultural services coordinator
  • Family therapist
  • Music therapist
  • Psychiatric associate
  • Psychiatrist
  • Registered nurse
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist