Inpatient Unit B7 South
At the Montreal Children’s Hospital, we have eight acute care beds and fifteen day hospital spots, including spots for patients presenting with an eating disorder following a hospitalization in Adolescent Medicine, where indicated.
We offer specialized services for the general public and we often receive consultation requests from across Quebec, including the James Bay and Hudson Bay territories, as well as other Canadian provinces.
We work in multidisciplinary teams comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, teachers, occupational therapists, special education technicians, psychotherapists, and nurses to assess and treat children and adolescents, while always taking their family situation and dynamics into account. We work with partners in the community to improve access to acute care services and to improve the lives of young people with serious mental health problems who need to be hospitalized.
Treatment plans include a combination of individual psychotherapy, behaviour management, family therapy or counselling, intervention and liaison with the school, and pharmacological treatment, if necessary. Individualized treatment plans focus on the safety of each patient during the hospital stay and are determined in close conjunction with the families and external resources.
The consultation-liaison service assesses and treats childhood and adolescent mental illnesses associated with medical conditions, as well as psychosomatic disorders.
The child psychiatrist first performs a psychiatric assessment based on the facts presented by the attending medical team regarding the patient’s complex mental and physical health problems; this service is offered to pediatric inpatients.
Emergency and crisis service:
The Mental Health Emergency Room Team (MHERT) works with a child psychiatrist and a social worker or a nurse between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
There is a child psychiatrist on duty in the Emergency department seven days a week.
- Next-day clinic: A child psychiatrist and a social worker are on staff every weekday morning to see patients who are returning for an urgent psychiatric assessment after being deemed safe enough to be sent home after a visit to the Emergency department the previous day;
- Emergency follow-up: This service is offered to patients who require follow-up after a visit to the Emergency department and who need a referral to community services;
- Crisis service: This service is offered to patients in a crisis situation who need immediate attention, thus avoiding visits to the Emergency department.
Outpatient clinics for children and adolescents
The outpatient psychiatric clinics treat children and adolescents with severe mental health problems, for whom community programs do not work or are not comprehensive enough.
Our family-centred programs offer diagnostic assessments and specific treatment recommendations for a wide range of conditions that affect the mental, emotional, and social health of children and adolescents.