Psychiatry Services

The Ackerly Child Psychiatry inpatient service of Kosair Children's Hospital specializes in the evaluation, stabilization and short-term treatment of emotionally distressed children aged two to 18 years.

In addition to excellent psychiatric services, patients as well as their physicians have access to the comprehensive medical and surgical resources of Kosair Children's Hospital - the region's only free-standing, full service children's hospital.

The service also offers psychiatric counseling to children staying at the hospital who are receiving other medical or surgical attention. The service evaluates and treats preschoolers, aged 2 to 4 years, with the parent remaining on the unit with the child to provide the highest degree of comfort for the patient. 

Among the conditions and problems addressed are:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Aggression
  • Hyperactivity and/or anxiousness
  • Psychosis
  • Autism

Some of the specific services offered include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Expressive therapy, including art, recreation and drama
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Education, with two Jefferson County Public Schools classrooms
  • Psychological testing when needed
  • Related support services
  • Hearing assessment
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Dietary consultation

As Kentucky's only free standing, tertiary care facility dedicated to caring for children, Kosair Children's Hospital offers comprehensive pediatric medical services and treatment programs in a child-friendly atmosphere. 

For more information on our Psychiatry Service services, call (502) 629-6000.