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    Adolescent Behavioral Health

    UK Adolescent Behavioral Health, located in Lexington, Ky, is a 10-bed inpatient program that offers a personal, structured environment for adolescents with mental illness or behavioral health problems. The following information provides an overview of our program and hopefully will answer many of the questions you might have. The unit’s team of psychiatrists, social workers, a psychologist and nurses work together to identify the cause of behavioral problems and provide treatment.

    UK Adolescent Behavioral Health is the only facility in the Bluegrass region that has Patient Safety Specialists on the unit 24/7. The safety specialists provide a safe and secure environment for the patient’s recovery. They are also trained to monitor at-risk patients who need constant one-on-one supervision. Patient treatment and safety of are our main concerns. We are here to give you peace of mind.

    If you are concerned about the behavior of an adolescent in your life, call 800-766-COPE (2673) for a pre-admission assessment today.

    For more information about the program, please call UK Health Connection at 859-257-1000 or toll-free 800-333-8874.


  • Who we treat

    We admit and treat adolescents between the ages of 11 and 17 who are experiencing mental illnesses and behavioral issues, such as:

    • Eating disorders

    • Depression

    • Self-harm/suicidal thoughts

    • Gender identity

    • Bipolar disorder

    • Bullying victims

  • Treatment plan

    Group sessions – Group sessions led by nurses, therapists, social workers and a crisis prevention instructor are held multiple times a day. These sessions are a safe environment where patients can freely express themselves. By talking and listening to others, patients learn to be empathetic and discover that they are not alone in their struggles. Working with the staff, patients set personal goals and work to achieve those goals by the end of the day. The lessons and coping mechanisms learned in group can benefit the patient for the rest of their life. Please be mindful that what is discussed in the group sessions are private.

    Recreation therapy – Recreation therapy is a time for patients to be a regular teen. During this time, patients can listen to music, paint, color, compete in Ping-Pong or air hockey, draw, watch television, or play video games. Recreation therapy gives patients the tools to express themselves creatively and open up to face their issues. There is a recreational therapy session every day in the mornings and based on the patient’s behavior, a second session is rewarded in the evenings before showering and bedtime. 

    Music therapy – Held on Friday mornings, music therapists from the Arts in HealthCare department aid in the treatment of patients. The music therapists use music-based techniques to address individual goals, promote wellness, manage stress, express feelings, improve communication and promote physical rehabilitation.

    Pet therapy – Held on Friday afternoons, a volunteer pet therapist brings animals to play with and be pet by patients. Connections are often formed between the animals and patients, which helps build confidence and desire to get better. But most importantly, it is a fun time for everyone.

    Individual sessions – Patients meet with their psychiatrist and Residents at least two times a day. Some patients have more individual sessions depending on their needs and behavior demonstrated in group sessions. By having multiple meetings, the psychiatrist is able to identify and treat the core behavioral health issues. They are also able to determine what treatments are most effective and gauge the patient’s progress.

    Family session – A family session is scheduled within the first 24-48 hours of the patient’s admittance. A social worker will call to work out a time that is the most convenient for you.

    Quiet/Free time – Three times a day, patients are given quiet/free time. During these periods, patients can read, journal and socialize with the staff and their fellow patients. It is a time for the patients to be themselves.

    Spiritual group (optional) – Every evening, patients have the option to meet with the staff chaplain. UK Adolescent Behavioral Health is the only inpatient facility in Lexington that has a chaplain on staff.  The chaplain’s role is to support the patient spiritually and emotionally while in the hospital, regardless of faith or religious affiliation. When a patient is treated in our facility, they are given mental, physical and spiritual care.

  • Our treatment team

    The UK Adolescent Behavioral Health team is a multidisciplinary group of health care providers consisting of:

    • Psychiatrists
    • Licensed clinical social workers
    • A psychologist
    • Certified therapeutic recreation specialists
    • Music therapists
    • A pet therapist
    • Fayette County Public School teacher
    • A chaplain
    • A pharmacist
    • A crisis prevention instructor
    • Mental health associates
    • Registered nurses
    • Patient safety specialists
  • Follow-up care

    UK Adolescent Behavioral Health has an extensive partnership with UK Adolescent Medicine to ensure every patient has the best care after discharge. The staffs from both units work closely together to make the transition to outpatient care as simple and easy as possible for both patients and their families.

    The team of physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, and psychologists at UK Adolescent Medicine have expertise in a wide range of adolescent concerns. Every patient is treated as a unique person with unique needs - emotional, physical and psychological. 

  • UK HealthCare Inpatient Psychiatry | Directions »
    UK Good Samaritan Hospital
    310 S. Limestone
    Lexington KY 40508

    Phone: Toll-free: 800-776-COPE (2673)


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