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Children’s Psychiatric Care

The Children's Psychiatric Inpatient Service (CPIS) combines the resources of Yale New Haven Children's Hospital with faculty of Yale School of Medicine departments of child psychiatry (Yale Child Study Center) and pediatrics.

Find more information about visit the inpatient psychiatric services at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital.

Children’s Day Hospital

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital’s Children’s Day Hospital offers an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) providing specialized treatment for children ages 5-12 years who are experiencing significant mental health issues. Treatment is provided for a range of mental health issues and symptoms such as depression, anxiety, self-destructive patterns, intrusive thoughts, interpersonal relationships, trauma, loss, gender identity, emotional/ behavioral dysregulation and school avoidance. Groups are developed based on age, presenting problem and treatment focus.


Children admitted to our Intensive Outpatient Program receive three hours of group psychotherapy per day for a total of nine hours of group therapy weekly. Families are expected to participate in weekly family therapy which is held on a day when the child is NOT in program Patients are seen by our psychiatry team weekly during group. The program provides a structured treatment that includes group psychotherapy, weekly psychiatric consultation, medication management and weekly family therapy sessions. Family involvement is a requirement of the program. Once it is determined that a child is appropriate for IOP level of care, the child is provided with a date to begin group which is typically within 24-48 hours of the intake.

The specialized team is composed of psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, therapeutic recreation and milieu counselors. As an academic center, we also have trainees and students from various disciplines on site.

Our therapy groups incorporate skills from evidence-based treatment approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

  • Psychoeducation Group, offered daily, teaches and reinforces skills.
  • Psychotherapy Group, offered daily, encourages application of skills to the child’s day-to-day life circumstances. This group is a space for exploring and addressing topics including depression, anxiety, self-destructive patterns, family dynamics, interpersonal relationships, trauma, gender and sexuality, cognitive distortions and much more.
  • Therapeutic Recreation Group, offered weekly, implements recreation and other activity-based interventions, as well as creative expression to provide diversified activities to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of each child. Therapeutic recreation promotes psychological and physical health, recovery, and well-being in a fun and creative therapeutic environment.
  • Social Skills Group, offered 2 times per week, provides patients the space to interact with their peers, build connections and practice interpersonal.

Program Hours

Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm. Most groups are scheduled from 1 – 4 pm. After hours and weekend support for psychiatric crisis is available for active patients of the IOP.


Our program and services are covered by most insurance plans. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility and benefits, please contact your insurance company to inquire about mental health benefits for Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) care. An inquiry will also be completed and if there are any gaps in your coverage you will be notified. 


Youth admitted to our program are transported by parents, caregivers and other family supports. Transportation is not provided by Children’s Day Hospital.


350 George Street, 1st floor
New Haven CT 06511

For questions or to make a referral, please contact Taryn Zarnetske, LCSW at 203-789-4038.