If your child is experiencing a mental health emergency

If your child is experiencing a mental health emergency or at imminent risk for harm, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department for a mental health evaluation.

Inpatient mental health program

To expand mental health services for kids, Children’s Minnesota has opened a new inpatient program at the St. Paul hospital. Designed to serve urgent mental health needs, the unit is currently caring for adolescent patients and will expand to admit younger patients in the months ahead.

The specially-designed unit is one of only a handful in the country to allow a parent or guardian to stay overnight with their child and one of only a few in Minnesota with the ability to admit kids with more complex medical conditions.

Specialized care in a compassionate environment

The new unit provides a healing, compassionate environment, specifically designed for kids and youth, and offers:

  • Design focused on natural light and calming sensory-friendly spaces
  • 22 large private rooms that allow a parent or guardian to stay overnight with their child
  • Care for kids as young as 6 years old (once fully operational)

To learn more, find commonly asked questions and answers about our inpatient unit here.

Care team and tailored treatment

The inpatient mental health program offers a multi-disciplinary care team. The entire team is focused on individualized treatment that’s tailored to meet each child’s needs and includes:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Child life therapists
  • Music therapists

See the mental health unit

Learn more about mental health at Children’s Minnesota

Find out about the range of mental health services we offer to kids and families.