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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Helping children and adolescents live healthy, productive lives

Cornerstones of Care 

Effective October 31, 2017, The University of Kansas Health Systems acquired the Cornerstones of Care – Marillac Campus. Cornerstones of Care no longer provides residential treatment services at this location, but continues its full range of services for children and families from its other campuses and locations.

If you are a Cornerstones of Care client (former or current), donor, volunteer or community partner, please visit cornerstonesofcare.org or speak with a team member at 1-884-824-8200.

The University of Kansas Health System – Marillac Campus is a psychiatric hospital providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our setting is structured for children and adolescents who are experiencing acute crises affecting their ability to function safely in the community or home setting. Our treatment team includes board-certified psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, social workers and youth care specialists.

A therapeutic and trauma-informed model of care called Sanctuary guides our clinical decisions and treatment. The Sanctuary model uses SELF – safety, emotional management, loss and future – to support children, adolescents and families in learning about trauma and its impact, and to encourage positive change and growth.

What you can expect during your child's stay at The University of Kansas Hospital – Marillac Campus:

Psychiatric medical services

  • Upon admission a pediatrician will complete a brief medical history and physical exam of your child to identify any medical issues. This exam helps to identify any medical conditions that may be impacting the mental wellness of the child (includes a basic lab panel review).

  • Within 24 hours of admission, your child will be seen by a psychiatrist to complete a psychiatric evaluation. The medical staff member completing the evaluation will call you to discuss findings and recommendations regarding treatment and medications, if applicable.

Psychiatric nursing services

  • Our hospital has registered nurses in the building 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The nurses interact with your child on a daily basis and provide nursing care and supervision of the units.

The University of Kansas Hospital - Marillac Campus

Therapy services

  • Hospital therapy services
    Provide your child opportunities to stabilize and initiate positive change. Hospitalization is brief, with the main focus on stabilization and safety with the goal of reintegration to family and community quickly and successfully. An essential part of our treatment process includes locating and scheduling community based outpatient services.

  • Individual and family therapy
    A therapist will contact you to schedule a family meeting within 24 hours of admission. You will be scheduled for a second family therapy session before or during discharge.

  • Group therapy
    Your child will attend group therapy daily. Types of treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT). All groups are provided within the Sanctuary model. In addition, Seeking Safety therapeutic groups can be provided to adolescents with substance abuse issues.

Milieu services

  • Milieu groups
    Milieu groups use the environment of the secure hospital unit to help patients increase problem-solving skills and reduce unsafe behaviors. Direct care staffs supervise all patients 24 hours a day, providing opportunities for therapeutic intervention in all interactions. Peer groups, which include daily goal review and special topics, are also conducted daily.

  • Expressive therapy
    Expressive therapies provide a way for patients to explore, understand and communicate their thoughts, feelings, conflicts and concerns through various creative outlets. Patients participate in art, recreation, music or drama therapies which provide opportunities for learning and practicing safe ways to express feelings.

Policy information

During your child's stay the following policies must be followed:

  • Visitation
    Visiting hours are from 6-7:30 p.m. daily. Visits typically occur in a shared communal visit room due to our acute setting and to provide safety for our patients and families. The following must be observed when visiting:
    • Visitors are limited to family members or other adults approved by parent or guardian.
    • Authorized visitors must know the contact code.
    • No children under the age of 18 are allowed to participate in visits.
    • If visitors bring children under the age of 18 to the campus, adult supervision must be provided in the waiting room at all times by the visiting party.
    • Patients will be limited to two visitors at a time.
    • Should your child need to use the restroom of leave the visit room, please ask staff for escorting assistance.
    • Cell phone use is prohibited during any visit.
    • Visitation must be supervised to satisfy legal, custodial or treatment team recommendations.
    • Patients retain the right to refuse visitation at any time.
    • Visits or family meetings may be refused, cancelled or terminated by hospital staff to ensure your safety and that of your child and other visitors or patients.
    • If a visitor is suspected of being intoxicated or under the influence of drugs/alcohol or passing drugs or other contraband, the visitor will be asked to leave the premises immediately.

  • Prohibited items

  • Phone calls
    To provide maximum safety and privacy for you and your child, you will be assigned a contact code number during the assessment process. You will be asked to give this code number every time you call and/or visit your child. You will also be asked to create an authorized contact list for your child, and only those on the authorized contact list will be allowed to speak on the phone to your child. All callers must have the contact code number, so please ensure that you provide any individual on your authorized contact list with this number. Patients may receive phone calls between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. However, patients are allowed to place outgoing calls between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. only.

Patients Rights Document

Notice of Privacy Practices

Patient Relations
If any part of your child's hospital stay does not meet your expectations, speak with your child's nurse or physician. For additional help with anything, call Patient Relations, 913-588-1290.

In an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency and/or Hospital related assessment information, dial the 24/7 Hospital line: 913-951-4400.