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Child & Adolescent: Acute Psychiatric Level of Care
Criteria for Admission


For Admission to Spring Harbor Hospital, at least one of the following severity of illness elements must be met (medical necessity) and the patient cannot safely be managed at a less intensive level of care:

  1. The patient has seriously attempted to harm self within 72 hours prior to the admission.
  2. The patient has seriously attempted to harm others and/or property within 72 hours prior to admission and this behavior is judged attributable to mental illness.
  3. The patient is considered at significant and imminent risk to seriously harm self.
  4. The patient is considered at significant and imminent risk for serious harm to another person and/or property as a result of a serious mental illness.
  5. The patient is exhibiting a significant deterioration or divergence from expected developmental norms of behavior and/or cognitive functioning as a result of a serious mental illness, and this condition has been unresponsive to an appropriate course of treatment at a less intensive level of care.
  6. The patient or patient's family behavior has prevented adequate diagnostic assessment at a less intensive level of care.
  7. The patient requires continuous medical monitoring during the initiation of a medication trial and this trial cannot be safely accomplished at a less intensive level of care.
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