Parents and Guardians

camber children's mental health admissions and referrals


At Camber Children’s Mental Health (formerly KVC Hospitals), we care deeply about you, your child and your whole family. Our experts help children and teens ages 6 to 18 who are struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, the impacts of trauma, and many other mental health challenges.If your child needs intensive and compassionate mental healthcare, let Camber be your family’s bridge to better days and more balanced, healthy, and resilient lives.

camber children's mental health

If you are the child’s parent/guardian, you do not need a referral for inpatient hospitalization. You may request admission by completing the online form below or contacting us directly at (913) 890-7468 or admissions@cambermh.org.

For our residential treatment programs, admission begins with a referral from the child’s insurance company or community mental health center. Please call us at (913) 890-7468 for more assistance.

We understand you may have many questions about our mental health services and what approach is the best fit for your child, and our admissions team is available 24/7 to support you through the process. We also encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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Please Note: If your child or teen is currently experiencing a mental health emergency that requires immediate attention, go to your local emergency department or community mental health center right away, or call 911. You can also call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

If you are a community partner seeking to make a referral, please visit our Referring a Client page for more information.

Our Commitment to You

camber admissions and referralsCamber is the region’s premier source and leading provider of children’s mental healthcare, and for 30 years we have been proud pioneers of innovative care models for lifesaving intervention. Our network of nonprofit hospitals and residential treatment centers located in Kansas City, Wichita, and Hays accepts admissions 24/7 to ensure these critical services are available and easily accessible when families need them.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Camber provides two types of mental health treatment: inpatient hospitalization and residential treatment. Both programs serve youth ages 6 to 18 who need intensive mental health services. More information about the disorders and conditions we most commonly treat is available here.

Inpatient hospitalization serves youth who are actively experiencing a mental health emergency. For example, they have a plan to attempt suicide, harm themself or harm others. It is critical that they receive therapeutic services immediately to stabilize the crisis they are experiencing and identify what led to the challenging behaviors or emotions. Our goal is to help each client discharge as soon as safely possible, with an average stay of four to seven days, so they can continue treatment in their community in an outpatient setting.

Residential treatment serves youth who are not actively in a mental health emergency but are experiencing ongoing challenges with their behavioral or mental health. Typically, a child entering residential treatment has engaged in outpatient services in the community but has not experienced improvement. This involves a longer-term stay, averaging 60 to 90 days, and the goal is to teach the client emotion regulation and coping skills and give them opportunities to practice those skills before they discharge and return home.

Our mental health treatment programs for children and teens are available in these locations:

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We accept most private insurance plans for Kansas and Missouri, including Medicaid. To verify coverage, call your insurance carrier directly so they can answer your questions based on your specific coverage. If you are uninsured or have questions, contact our Admissions team at (913) 890-7468.