Psychiatric Treatment Programs for Children, Adolescents & Teens in Missouri

If you’re living with a behavioral health concern, it can be difficult to navigate your day-to-day life. But by getting professional support, you can take the necessary steps toward improving your overall well-being.  

At Lakeland Behavioral Health System, we provide a full continuum of behavioral health programming to ensure that children, teenagers, and adults receive the optimal level of care for their needs. 

Programs Overview

Lakeland Behavioral Health System, located in Springfield, Missouri, is a leading provider of outstanding behavioral health services. We strive to meet the needs of each person and their family, and our team of highly motivated experts is passionate about helping people find lasting healing. 

We offer various levels of care within a network of programming options, all of which use trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) as the main therapy technique. Depending on your unique situation, your care at Lakeland Behavioral Health System may also include: 

  • Basic medical care 
  • Medication management services 
  • Individual therapy 
  • Family therapy 
  • Group therapy 
  • Experiential therapies 

To determine the appropriate care, we begin by completing a comprehensive evaluation of each child’s, adolescent’s, or adult’s medical history and presenting symptoms. We also assess their specific strengths and goals. This allows our staff to create a care plan that is tailored to each person, enabling them to experience the best possible outcomes. 

Inpatient Programming

Living with a behavioral health condition can make it difficult for a person to function like they usually would. The inpatient programs we offer at our Springfield, Missouri, facility are designed for people who require immediate stabilization or are in a state of crisis.  

The acute inpatient program at Lakeland Behavioral Health System serves children and adolescents ages 4-17 and adults age 60 and older who are having thoughts of harming themselves or others. The goal of this program, which is also known as acute behavioral health hospitalization, is to relieve the intensity of the effects of behavioral health concerns and return patients to an improved level of health until they are ready to transition to a lower level of care. The average length of stay in our acute inpatient program is about five to seven days.  

We also offer a subacute program, which is a step between acute hospitalization and the residential program at our facility. Our subacute program provides specialized care for adolescents ages 13-17 who are suffering from mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety. The goal of this program is to help them regulate their emotions, adapt to social situations, and control certain behaviors so that they can step down to a lower level of care. Most adolescents transition to the next step in their healing process within 30-90 days of admission. 

Outpatient Programming

Sometimes the effects of a behavioral health condition might not be intense enough to warrant acute care but keep a child or adolescent from performing at their best. When this happens, they may benefit from longer-term care. Our facility in Springfield, Missouri, offers clinically excellent outpatient services for young people. 

Our residential treatment program serves children and adolescents ages 6-17 who are struggling with a wide range of mental health and substance use concerns. Many of the children and adolescents we support have also been exposed to conflicts within their families or suffered abuse. The goal of this program is to ensure their successful transition back home or to a lower level of care. Though this depends on their individual progress, most adolescents participate in our residential program for an average of three to six months. Residents may also attend school at Lakeland Regional School during their stay in this program. 

Group therapy is central to the care we provide in our residential program, and topics covered during group sessions may include: 

  • Emotion regulation 
  • Healthy boundaries 
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Anger management 
  • Social skills 
  • Life skills 

At Lakeland Behavioral Health System, we also offer the Evolve intensive outpatient program (IOP) for youths ages 8-17 who are suffering from anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our Evolve IOP provides structured therapy for adolescents while helping them reintegrate back to their homes and schools. Group sessions are at the core of our IOP as well, and they focus on topics such as trauma, healthy boundaries, emotion regulation, and interpersonal skills. Each person heals at their own pace, but most children and adolescents take part in our IOP for an average of four weeks. 

If you have a behavioral health concern, it can negatively impact your life. But with the support of the experts at Lakeland Behavioral Health System, you can get on the path to a brighter future. 

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Lakeland Behavioral Health System. 


Marks of Quality Care
  • Arkansas Juvenile Officers Association
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Missouri Hospital Association
  • Missouri Juvenile Justice Association
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • Tricare

We turned to Lakeland Behavioral Health for treatment because their programs are the most well-equipped in the state.

– Ethan K.