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Rady Children’s Now Operates Inpatient Crisis Intervention Unit

San Diego – July 3, 2012 – Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego is pleased to announce it has assumed operational responsibility for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services (CAPS) program, a 22-bed psychiatric facility for children and adolescents at Alvarado Medical Center. The facility, previously licensed to the UC San Diego, is an acute care, 24 hour, 7 day per week facility focusing on crisis intervention, mental health assessments and treatment of a wide array of mental health diagnoses.

“CAPS will provide psychological, psychosocial and educational assessments for a diverse population of children and adolescents in San Diego County and Southern California,” said Charles Wilson, Senior Director, Chadwick Center for Children & Families. “The inpatient psychiatric program will be a secure facility and the patients will benefit from being treated by specialists from the Rady Children’s and UC San Diego psychiatric teams with an average length of stay of five to seven days.”

CAPS provides an invaluable service to meet the mental health needs of San Diego County and the Southern California region with referrals from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. CAPS is primarily funded by the County of San Diego. The program will be relocated to the Rady Children’s campus in January 2013.

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the largest children’s hospital in California, is a 442-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. On October 10, 2010, Rady Children’s opened the Acute Care Pavilion, a LEED-Certified (green) building that is home to the incredible Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the state-of-the-art Warren Family Surgical Center, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for our community’s most fragile newborns. In June 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed, including #2 in Orthopedics. For more information, visit www.rchsd.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.