Inpatient Acute Services

lobbyThe Inpatient Acute Program at Lake Bridge is designed to treat children and teenagers, ages 5 – 17, experiencing sudden onset symptoms of a psychiatric illness. Upon admission into the acute program, each patient will be evaluated daily by a psychiatrist, who will oversee stabilization and treatment services provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic team, consisting of a master level therapist, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, paraprofessional and mental health technician. Each young patient has an individualized treatment plan to address symptoms with components including pharmacological intervention and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Individual therapy, peer group therapy and family therapy will be conducted by licensed master level therapists during an average hospital stay of a week.

Children, ages 5 -12, are programmed separately from teenagers, ages 13-17.

Family Education Sessions are held every Monday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with visiting hours held immediately afterward from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The therapist will call the parent/guardian daily to give status updates and child has opportunity to call home nightly.

Parents are encouraged to bring children directly to Lake Bridge Behavioral for psychiatric emergencies at any hour of day or night. If a parent feels unsafe in transporting the child, he/she may call 911 immediately and law enforcement will transport child to the closest hospital where parent can request transfer to Lake Bridge, one of the top mental hospitals in Georgia. For more information, please call our Admissions Department therapists at 478-477-3829.

What to Bring:

  • 3 casual outfits
  • Tennis shoes (no shoestrings)
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • 2 t-shirts, 2 long-sleeve shirts
  • Robes with inside strings not attached (no belts allowed)
  • Bras (without wire)
  • Appropriate night wear (not see thru or revealing)
  • Jacket (no strings attached to it)