Stepped Care

Stepped care is a delivery model designed to rapidly match children with specific interventions needed to address their unique mental health needs. The process typically begins with a clinical needs assessment and is then followed by group therapy, individual therapy, or psychiatric care. Learn more about our stepped care model here.


Bridge is a short-term program (4-6 weeks) for children ages 11-17 (or still in high school) who have recently been discharged from psychiatric inpatient hospitalization and do not have follow up care or for patients who are experiencing significant mental health decline and safety concerns that do not require inpatient hospitalization for stabilization. We provide short term (6 weeks) individual therapy, group therapy, and psychiatric evaluations and care while assisting families with connecting to long-term providers. 

Clinical Needs Assessment

Clinical needs assessments are performed by one of our mental health clinicians. This assessment helps us understand the specific concerns of each child and their family. Based on this assessment, we match each patient with the best services for their unique needs.

Outpatient Therapy

CHKD psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors provide individual and group therapy throughout the region. After a clinical needs assessment, many children start with group therapy to begin the process of building skills and reducing symptoms. Once group therapy is complete, patients who require continued care may be offered individual therapy along with psychiatry services, if needed. Learn more about mental health therapy here.

Psychiatric Care

Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychiatric mental health practitioners at CHKD offer psychiatric evaluations, treatment planning including medication management, and psychotherapy. Our psychiatrists and nurse practitioners use a biopsychosocial diagnostic model to deliver care that is evidence-based, patient-centered, and family-focused. Learn more about the psychology and psychiatry practice here.

Psychological Testing

Our pediatric and clinical psychologists provide psychological diagnostic assessment and testing to answer specific questions regarding diagnosis, to clarify strengths and weaknesses, and to determine pre and post-intervention needs. Our psychologists pay special attention to genetic, medical, developmental, educational, social, and family factors to assess and provide the best treatment plan for each patient.

Intensive Outpatient Program

CHKD’s intensive outpatient program is designed to provide evidence-based treatment to teens ages 14-17 whose mental health condition or behavioral needs extend beyond weekly outpatient therapy sessions and would benefit from a structured after-school mental health program. The goal of the program is to improve quality of life and reduce symptoms by providing patients with tools to help manage and regulate their emotions. The program includes individual and group therapies, skills building, family engagement, and medication support when appropriate. A dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) curriculum is used. Upon successful completion of the program our intention is to transition patients back to care as usual with better skills in their toolkit, an understanding of how to take charge of their emotions, and to encourage health, healing, and hope.

Program Schedule:
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3-7 p.m.

CHKD's Health Center at Landstown  
1924 Landstown Centre Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Partial Hospital Program (PHP) - Coming Soon

The partial hospitalization program provides intensive day treatment as a step-down from acute hospitalization or a step-up from outpatient services for children and adolescents who have high, but not imminent, safety concerns or a significant disruption to emotional, behavioral, or social functioning. Patients attend this program each weekday during school hours in a structured, therapeutic environment that offers individual, group, and family therapies as well as psychiatric management. Families are also provided support from program clinicians to work through challenges that may exist in the home environment. Discharge planning includes coordination of outpatient services to support each child’s continued progress toward goals and health.