Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Unit
In its 25th year of operation, the Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service (CPIS) continues to provide comprehensive psychiatric, psychosocial and educational evaluation, as well as short-term treatment, for children ages 4 to 14 with serious neuropsychiatric, developmental, and behavioral problems. Parents are encouraged to join the multidisciplinary treatment team to help better understand their child, initiate active treatment, and develop an effective, comprehensive discharge plan. All children are enrolled in and attend daily school (certified as a special education school by the State of Connecticut) during their inpatient stay. Over 170 children were admitted on the inpatient unit in 2005.
In addition to the central role of child psychiatry and psychology trainees in the unit’s operation, CPIS continued to serve as the central hub of clinical training for third and fourth year medical students from Yale and beyond.
Starting in the fall of 2005, CPIS embarked on an ambitious project aimed at a) Rethinking the milieu’s operation, and b) Reducing the use of restrictive interventions (seclusion and restraint). This Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) effort has led to marked decreases in restraint and seclusion use despite steady clinical characteristics and severity in the clinical population served.