Children's Inpatient Program


In planning for the major remodel of our Children's Inpatient Program (completed January 2012) we asked our architects, designers and staff to try see the space through the eyes of a child. What we came up with is a thoughtful combination of best practices in clinical space design infused with a strong sense of wonder for the young people in our care.

Highlights of this new 21st-century space include:

  • comforting, child-friendly design and decor
  • private bedrooms for up to 12 children
  • sensory integration room
  • multi-use community rooms
  • low stimulation suite and quiet room
  • dedicated family visiting space
  • the very latest in architectural safety design--from floor to ceiling.


So if your daughter or son, or a child you know, is struggling with serious social, emotional or psychiatric issues, the Brattleboro Retreat provides the kind of short-term hospital care that can be an important first step toward a healthier, more rewarding life. Our Children’s Inpatient Program offers stabilization and specialized treatment services for children ages 4 to 12.

Why Refer a Child for Inpatient Care?

Many children we see have experienced significant life traumas. These experiences can lead to low self-esteem, poor peer relationships, and difficulty taking direction or making life transitions.

With or without these hurdles, a child can be in crisis due to any number of mental health or behavioral problems caused by, or related to:

  • Depression
  • Threatened or attempted suicide
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Severe Anxiety Disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anger Management Problems
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Substance abuse.

For more information on Children's Inpatient care, and the Brattleboro Retreat’s other programs & services for mental health and addiction issues, call 802-258-3700 or go to our  Central Intake Department.