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Child Development Unit

Pediatric Mental Health Services

Helping our youngest patients cope with mental health issues takes specialized knowledge and care. Saint Vincent Hospital works with the Child Development Unit (CDU) at MetroWest Medical Center’s Leonard Morse Hospital to provide pediatric mental health services.

Features of our Child Development Unit:

  • Our unit is a 12-bed locked, inpatient unit exclusively for children ages 3 to 17 with board-certified child psychiatrists.
  • We’re a statewide leader for preventing the use of restrain and seclusion in children’s mental health work.
  • We focus on creating a compassionate environment that focuses on a child’s strengths rather than their weaknesses.
  • We offer Milieu treatment (therapeutic group setting) in a structured environment

Our specialists provide pediatric mental health services ranging from psychopharmacological evaluations to individual, group and family therapy. We also offer on-site tutors who work with outside agencies and schools.

Learn More

If you’d like more information about behavioral health services offered at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester and MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, please contact us by calling (508) 363-6198.

If you’re in need of help for a psychiatric emergency, please call our 24-hour crisis assessment team at (508) 363-5003 or (508) 363-5252.

For doctors: To refer patients to our unit, please call our intake coordinator at (508) 736-4354.