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Parents and Guardians
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 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.
- Learn more about inpatient hospital treatment
- Learn more about residential treatment
- View our Admissions Handbook in English or in Spanish
- Financial Assistance Policy (Full)
- Financial Assistance Policy (Plain Language)
- Financial Aid Application
- Charge Master of Shoppable/Ancillary Services
- KVC participates in the electronic sharing of health information with other healthcare providers and health plans in the state of Kansas through an approved health information organization. Read more about your rights regarding electronic health information technology here.
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:
- Kansas City, KS: Inpatient hospitalization and residential treatment
- Wichita, KS: Inpatient hospitalization
- Hays, KS: Residential treatment (inpatient hospital opens in 2023)
- Our partner organization, KVC Niles, provides residential and day treatment programs in Kansas City, MO. Click here for their admissions information.
Click here for more location details.
We accept most private insurance plans for Kansas and Missouri, including Medicaid. Our Hays treatment center also accepts Colorado 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.