Few things are as heartbreaking as the need to place a child or teen in an inpatient psychiatric unit, even if only for a period of observation. That’s why NuHealth’s child psychiatric specialists, nurses and other mental health professionals go out of their way to make our young patients and their families feel as comfortable and cared for as possible.
The two separate inpatient psychiatric units for children and adolescents at Nassau University Medical Center are staffed with well-trained, experienced and empathetic professionals who will evaluate your child and help him or her cope with a troubled mind. Each unit is designed to provide a cheerful sense of security and home, with warm pastel colors and familiar Disney-style themes on murals throughout. Families meet with the treatment team frequently and play an important role in the healing process. Specialized services provided by our mental health professionals include:
- Anger Management
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
- Consultations with dieticians, pediatric gastroenterologists, and pediatric endocrinologists
- Coping Skills Training
- Group, Individual and Family Therapy
- Medical Evaluation
- Substance Abuse Awareness Counseling
In addition, a licensed schoolteacher provides an on-site classroom experience for our young patients five days a week, helping ensure that time away from school is still time spent learning and exploring. Our multidisciplinary staff also coordinates closely with schools, case managers, foster care agencies, and the courts. Above all, our prime concern is the well-being of each individual child as we guide him or her toward a happier, more stable future.
Meenatchi Ramani, MD – Director, Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Services
Nicholas Forlenza, PhD – Unit Psychologist
Charlotte Poland, LCSW – Unit Social Worker
Deanna Hill, RN – Nurse Manager
Meredith Callaghan, ATR-BC, LCAT – Art/Recreation Therapist
Jean Fulmer, MA-ARTH – Art/Recreation Therapist