An estimated one in five teens between the ages of 13 and 18 live with a mental health issue.
Adolescent Behavioral Health at Tacoma General is the first and only inpatient program in Pierce County designed specifically to help teens facing mental health crisis.
Our 27-bed hospital-based unit was designed to be a modern, inviting space with private rooms and open social areas, while also including state-of-the-art safety features to protect patients and staff.
Our collaborative team of pediatric and mental health experts includes a medical director, psychiatrists, psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychologists, educators, social workers, and mental health techs. Working together they create a treatment plan tailored to each teen's needs, based on their diagnosis, background and triggers.
Adolescent Behavioral Health at Tacoma General offers care and treatment to teens facing a range of mental health issues, including:
We accept patients ages 13 through 17 for voluntary, involuntary and family-initiated treatment.
Our treatment program is based on the recovery model and trauma informed care (TIC), valuing kindness and empowering teens to play an active role in their recovery. A wide variety of activities for patients will be available, and parent/caregiver groups will also be available to provide support for families.
Each teen's personalized treatment plan may include:
Once teens are ready to leave our unit, their care team will work with the family and outpatient providers to have a safety plan in place. The team will also provide the parents or caregivers with tools and education on the treatment that happened during their teen's stay and how to continue to use the skills that they developed. Follow-up appointments with their outpatient providers are also scheduled prior to discharge.
Admission to our program requires a referral from a referring emergency department.
Emergency Department Providers, call 253-403-0556 to refer a patient. This number is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Emergency Department Providers, call 253-403-0556 to refer a patient to our inpatient service*. This number is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Adolescent Behavioral Health
MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital
First floor, Rainier Pavillion
316 S I St.
Tacoma, Washington 98405
*Referrals for outpatient Behavioral Health services should be made by calling 253-697-8400.