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When your child struggles with tough mental or behavioral health challenges, Tanager Place’s Inpatient Programs provide the structure, safety and compassion they need to overcome their crisis. We give youth who may have experienced psychiatric hospitalization and other intensive treatments a chance to flip the script, so they can return home and lead happier, healthier lives.

Tanager Place has two highly respected inpatient programs for children and teens struggling with cognitive, developmental and behavioral challenges: our Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC) and Intermediate Care Facility for Intellectual Disability (ICF/ID).

Inpatient Care Services

What we treat.

Children and families who benefit most inpatient services face a number of challenges, including:

  • ADHD
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Attachment issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Childhood trauma
  • Depression
  • Developmental disorders
  • Health-related behavioral issues
  • Mild intellectual disabilities
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual abuse

Compassion makes all the difference.

PMIC

Programming takes place in a nurturing, home-like setting and centers around developing social, coping and problem-solving skills. Our goal is to use trauma-informed care components to help youth reach their full potential and build positive, strong relationships so they can return home as soon as possible.

Programs are staffed by an interdisciplinary team of specialists who provide strengths-based care for every child and teen who walks through our doors. This interdisciplinary team includes child psychiatrists, nursing staff, Masters level therapists and direct-care staff to ensure your child receives the care they need.

Treatment modalities may include collaborative problem-solving, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, expressive arts therapy, play therapy and recreation. These may be implemented in individual, group or family therapy sessions.

Eligibility: Children ages 5-17 who have ongoing mental health challenges and safety concerns in the home and/or school setting despite ongoing outpatient services. Admission is based on medical necessity and requires prior approval by Tanager Place and payment providers.

ICF/ID

Programs offer children and adolescents with mild intellectual disabilities and behavioral challenges a safe and supportive environment. Active treatment is individually tailored to improve and/or maintain skills and foster greater self-reliance and independence.

The interdisciplinary team includes child psychiatrists, nursing staff, Masters level therapists, Bachelors level counselors and direct-care staff to ensure your child receives the care they need.

Involvement in treatment modalities such as art and music therapy, recreation, individual, group and family therapy/counseling are based on current assessment including cognitive ability and age appropriateness.

Eligibility: Children ages 5-17 who have mild intellectual disabilities and a mental health diagnosis. Admission requires prior approval by Tanager Place and payment providers.

Tour

Tanager Place PMIC is made of 4 cottages, each with 12 clients. Each cottage has living and recreation rooms, a laundry room, bedrooms and bathrooms. Your child will eat all meals in the cottage dining room. A full kitchen is available in every cottage, but most meals are made in a main kitchen and brought to the cottage at meal time. Our campus offers activity areas including a gymnasium, library, playground, baseball diamond, basketball court, ga-ga ball pit, track, and play area with enough room for clients to play soccer, fly kites, run, and ride bikes. Cottages participate in activities in the community on a daily basis. These might include: swimming, YMCA, baseball games, parks, shopping, volunteering, library visits, and bowling.

Treatment Structure

Treatment may consist of:

  • Clients meet with our staff psychiatrist every 30 days, or more often as determined by the treatment team.
  • Family therapy typically occurs weekly or every other week.
  • Individual therapy and individual treatment work time is provided weekly and as needed.
  • Groups are held daily. Some groups are in the cottage, some are with clients across campus.
  • Scheduled and impromptu recreation activities occur several times daily.
  • Being a member of the therapeutic environment or “milieu” provides ongoing support to develop and utilize coping skills needed to decrease aggression and self-harm, improve social and communication skills, and increase ability to manage the stressors of everyday expectations.
  • Our treatment philosophy uses collaborative problem solving, but modalities utilized may include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, trauma-sensitive care, relationship-based and solution-focused principles. Treatment approaches are modified as we learn the strengths of each child and family.
  • School is an important part of our program. Clients attend Cedar Rapids Public Schools. Your child’s treatment team will work with the Cedar Rapids School District and your home district to determine which school and supports are needed to meet your child’s needs.
Admissions Process

PMIC

Inquire

Contact our Admission staff. They will ask you some questions about your child’s mental health issues and current services and supports. An application will be sent to you through the mail or via email if it appears the child could meet criteria for inpatient programming.

Apply

Complete and return the application packet to the Admission Office via mail, email, or fax. Tanager Place will collect records from your child’s mental health providers and use that information to assess if our program is a good fit for your child. We will also determine if your child has had enough services to meet criteria for funding. The admission staff will contact you to let you know if your child has been accepted for the program.

Tour

Come check out Tanager Place and ask lots of questions about what life will be like for your child and family while working with our program. You will receive information about your child’s cottage and what to bring. You will meet cottage staff, and tour the living space and recreation areas. You will be given an admission packet with paperwork to be completed and returned the day of admission.

Arrive

The day of admission you will complete necessary paperwork with admission staff. You will meet with the nurse to discuss any medical concerns your child may have. You will meet with your child’s Program Therapist to begin discussing the treatment plan, set up a phone contact list, and schedule your first family therapy session. You will help your child get unpacked and settled into their bedroom.

ICF/ID

Inquire

Contact our Admission staff. They will ask you some questions about your child’s mental health issues, IQ, medical issues, current services and supports. An application will be sent to you through the mail or via email if it appears the child could meet criteria for inpatient programming.

Apply

Complete and return the application packet to the Admission Office via mail, email, or fax. Tanager Place will collect records from your child’s mental health providers and use that information to assess if our program is a good fit for your child. We will also determine if your child has had enough services to meet criteria for funding.

Tour and Diagnostic & Evaluation Staffing

You and your child will meet with the Program Therapist, cottage staff, nurse, and admission staff to determine if the ICF-ID program is a good fit for your child. We will ask questions to learn about your family, your child’s strengths, and needs. The nurse will ensure we can meet any medical needs within our program. The Program Therapist will use information gathered to begin developing goals and a treatment plan. You can ask us all your questions about what life will be like for your child and family while working with Tanager Place. You will receive information about your child’s cottage and what to bring. You will meet cottage staff, and tour the living space and recreation areas.

Expectations and Admissions

Admission staff will contact you to let you know if we can serve your child. Depending on wait times, you will be mailed an admission packet with paperwork to be completed and returned the day of admission. If the wait time is significant, this step may occur closer to admission.

Arrive

The day of admission you will complete necessary paperwork with admission staff. You will meet with the nurse to provide an update on medical concerns and medications discussed at the D&E staffing. Your child will receive a nursing assessment. You will meet with your child’s Program Therapist to further discuss the treatment plan, set up a phone contact list, and schedule your first family therapy session. You will help your child get unpacked and settled into their bedroom. 

Funding

Your child’s stay will be paid by a combination of private insurance (if applicable) and Medicaid funds. Since private insurance will most likely not pay for the length of stay we expect your child to be in our program, we must get the Medicaid funding approval in order for your child to be admitted. Tanager Place will contact Medicaid or your assigned Managed Care Organization to obtain funding for your child’s stay up to 7 days prior to admission. Private insurance will be contacted for pre-certification upon admission.

After the month of entry, the amount owed each month is based on the child’s income. Anything considered to be the child’s income will come to Tanager Place to offset the cost of their care. This amount is called Client Participation and includes income such as Adoption Subsidies, Child Support, and SSI/SSD.

If the child receives Adoption Subsidy Income, the subsidy amount will drop to $50.00 per month. Admission staff will talk with you about options for making monthly payments to Tanager Place, or for having the subsidy reduced to eliminate the need to write a check to Tanager Place each month.

If the child receives Child Support, you keep $50.00 per month. Remaining money will be owed to Tanager Place each month. This amount does not include back child support or support for other children.

If the child receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Tanager Place will contact the Social Security Administration and (depending on length of stay), the child’s SSI may drop to $30.00 per month while in placement.

Please contact the Admission Office at 319.365.9164 ext. 330 with questions about funding for your child.

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If your child continues to struggle while receiving outpatient services, inpatient programming may be an option to consider. Call Tanager Place to determine if this program is a right fit for you and your child.

Call 319-365-9164 ext. 330 for admissions information.

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