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Riley Hospital shuts down inpatient psychiatric unit

Opened just three years ago
Posted at 3:09 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 15:09:05-04

INDIANAPOLIS—Just three years after it opened, Riley Hospital for Children has shut down its inpatient psychiatric facility for children and adolescents.

Exactly why isn't clear. A statement from IU Health did not go into detail. "While inpatient behavioral health programs currently have been suspended, our multidisciplinary care team continues to offer a full range of pediatric mental health services, and patients in need of inpatient behavioral health care continue to be cared for by our community partner resources."

Riley spokesperson Emily Garrett says the hospital is "taking this time to assess our community's needs to assure that the right services are in place to help children thrive and adjust our care structure accordingly. This assessment will look at such issues as demand for inpatient pediatric behavioral health and the best use of Riley care resources."

The psychiatric unit specialized in treating such problem as eating disorders and anxiety.